Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from painful, deteriorating joints--and for many, surgery is the only option for relief. In this book, Dr. Ronald Grelsamer gives readers all the information they need to decide whether hip or knee replacement is the right choice. From the history and evolution of hip and joint implants to the significant differences between types of implants and surgeries, he arms readers with the need-to-know facts for a lasting recovery, including a step-by-step physical recovery program. Dr. Grelsamer, also examines these surgeries' risks and limitations, informing readers under which conditions surgery can actually be more damaging than beneficial. In seventeen accessible chapters, Dr. Grelsamer covers every potential areas of concern, enabeling patients to take control, ask the right questions, and avoid the common mistakes that so often get made.