Joint replacement can be an effective treatment for patients who have tried other measures to no avail. Patients who develop severe osteoarthritis – when the loss of cartilage in a joint causes two bones to rub painfully against each other – are often good candidates for joint replacement. During the procedure, the original joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint that doctors fit precisely to your body. When appropriate, we use minimally invasive techniques to limit the size of the incision and speed patient recovery. Joints that are commonly replaced include the hip, shoulder, knee, and wrist.