Apr 6, 2014
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The use of metal or plastic components to replace a joint or part of a joint. Arthroplasty was first used in the 1930s to replace diseased hip-joints and has been routinely used since the 1960s, enabling thousands of people, especially the older generation, to resume normal life free from pain and disability. Replacement of other joints – for instance, knees, fingers, shoulders and elbows – has now become routine. (See JOINTS, DISEASES OF and diagram.)

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