Joint Replacement Surgery

Arthroplasty Can Improve How You Move and Live

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Duke orthopaedic surgeons perform thousands of arthroplasty procedures annually to restore function and reduce pain caused by diseased or damaged hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, or wrist joints. We rely on the latest surgical approaches, including minimally invasive techniques, pain management advances, and physical therapy to get you back to your daily activities faster and with less pain. Our use of the newest, longer-lasting artificial joints reduces your risk for additional surgery down the road.

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Duke Health orthopaedic clinics are located throughout the Triangle. Find one near you. In-person and virtual appointments are available.

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Do You Need Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, may be right for you if your hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, or wrist joint has been damaged by arthritis, aging, avascular necrosis (loss of blood supply to the bones around a joint), injury, or overuse. Surgery may be your best option if the pain and swelling in your damaged joint have become unbearable and no longer respond to conservative treatment. You can feel confident in choosing Duke for your care.

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Why Choose Duke

More Than 10,000 Joint Replacement Surgeries in a Two-Year Span 
Collectively, our joint replacement surgeons have performed more than 10,000 joint replacement surgeries in a two-year span. Many of our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons are fellowship-trained in joint replacement surgery and perform joint-specific replacement surgery exclusively.

Expertise, High-Volume Center
Our expertise and high volume allow us to manage routine and complex surgeries effectively. In fact, we often treat people who have been turned down at other centers or need correction (revision) of a joint replacement surgery performed elsewhere.

Latest Joint Replacement Innovations 
Our joint replacement surgeons are constantly testing and developing new procedures and artificial joints. Whether for your ankle, shoulder, hip, knee, or wrist, we constantly strive to make joint replacements work better and last longer.

Best Possible Care Before and After Your Procedure
Physical therapy may be recommended to help you prepare for surgery. If you're having hip or knee replacement surgery, your doctor may recommend our Joint Health Program to help you get ready for surgery. Physical therapy is also a critical part of the post-surgery experience. Our regional anesthesiologists, pain specialists, and specially trained orthopaedic nurses help shorten your hospital stay and speed your recovery so you can return to your family, home, work, and the activities you love.

Best Orthopaedic Hospital in North Carolina

Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our orthopaedics program is nationally ranked, and the highest-ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2023–2024.

This page was medically reviewed on 06/01/2020 by