With surgical treatment, the surgeon can replace the damaged surface of the joint with artificial material, remove inflamed synovial material, realign joints, fuse 2 or 3 bones together at a joint (fusion), or replace the entire joint with an artificial joint.

Surgical procedures are usually only recommended when a person has damaged joints, pain, and disability that is not relieved by other treatments. If you're wondering whether surgery is an option for you, talk to your doctor.