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In most cases, people can manage their osteoarthritis symptoms with medicine and lifestyle changes. But surgery may be an option if:
Types of surgery for arthritis include:
A newer procedure for arthritis of the knee uses a small cup shaped like a "C." It's placed in the joint space of the inner knee and acts as a cushion for the joint. It may help delay surgery to replace the knee.
What to think about
Before deciding to have surgery
If you're in poor health or have certain health problems, you may not be able to have surgery. Your doctor can help you decide if surgery is right for you.
Here are some things to think about if you're thinking about surgery:
For help deciding whether to have joint replacement surgery, see:
If you decide to have surgery
In the days or weeks before your surgery, talk to your doctor about what you need to do to get ready for your return home. For example, you may need to arrange for someone to drive you home and to help you after your surgery. Or you may need to make changes to your home, such as removing small rugs, to help you move around.
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