Joint replacement is a surgical procedure to replace worn out joints with a prosthetic implant made from metal, ceramic and hard plastic. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacement procedures, with a high success rate. They normally result in long-term relief from pain and improved mobility. Latest statistics from NHS England suggest that joint replacements procedures are continuing to rise, up to around 2.35 million in 2016/17.
Prosthetic implants normally last 15-20 years but over time they can wear and become loose. They may also become infected. If this happens, revision joint replacement surgery may be necessary to replace the worn out or infected implant.