When a hip or knee joint becomes painfully arthritic or the cartilage severely damaged, total or partial joint replacement can be the best solution. In this procedure, all or part of the damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. This technique requires a high degree of surgical skill. The prestigiously trained Torrance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group board certified surgeons have performed thousands of total and partial joint replacements. They use the newest minimally invasive techniques, which means they make smaller incisions that cause less trauma to the joint area. These techniques have major benefits for our patients: accelerated recovery and less pain, bruising, and swelling. More importantly, they can return to their normal lives free from the debilitating pain and stress of damaged joints. Patients typically can use their new joint shortly after surgery and with a prescribed, safe physical therapy and exercise plan, rehabilitate quickly.