Surgery for arthritis

Sometimes treatments such as medication and physiotherapy are not enough to manage your arthritis pain and problems with day-to-day function. Your doctor may refer you to a surgeon to see if an operation (surgery) is right for you.

What kinds of surgery are performed for arthritis?

Not all arthritis-related bone and joint problems can be treated through surgery. Surgery can:

  • Repair damaged tissue (e.g., torn meniscus)
  • Remove damaged or painful tissues (e.g., painful synovium)
  • Replace damaged joint surfaces with artificial parts (e.g., hip replacement)
  • Rest damaged or painful joints (e.g., ankle fusion)

Learning if surgery is an option for you

Talk to a surgeon to discuss your options and the benefits and risks of surgery. Visit the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation website for more information.