What is the prognosis of osteoarthritis in patients who have undergone joint replacement?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients with osteoarthritis who have undergone joint replacement have a good prognosis, with success rates for hip and knee arthroplasty generally exceeding 90%. However, a joint prosthesis may have to be revised 10-15 years after its placement, depending on the patient’s activity level. Younger and more active patients are more likely to require revisions, whereas the majority of older patients will not. (See Treatment.)


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