Where the ends of two or more bones connect, you have a joint. In your body, you have different types of joints, such as your elbow (hinge joint), your knee (hinge joint), and your hip (ball-and-socket joint).
A total joint replacement refers to a surgical procedure where parts of a damaged or arthritic joint are removed and replaced with a plastic, ceramic, or metal device (prosthesis). The prosthesis or artificial joint is specifically designed to act and function just like your normal healthy joint.
The Gardner Orthopedic surgeons provide hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacement procedures that are now safer and more effective than ever before.
Your hips and shoulders are ball-and-socket joints where the rounded end of one bone fits snugly into the cup-shaped area of another bone. Your knee is considered a hinge joint with an impressive ability to straighten and bend like a hinged door.