The decision to have a joint replacement is one that you will make together with your surgeon, your other physicians, and your family. There are several reasons why you might be a candidate for orthopaedic surgery. Generally, patients who benefit the most from surgery are suffering from severe pain that limits their normal everyday activities. This pain is resistant to non-operative treatments such as medications, injections and therapy. There are no absolute indications or restrictions for surgery. Orthopaedic surgeons evaluate each patient individually, and recommendations are based on your specific case. Most patients are between the ages of 50 to 80, but joint replacements have been performed successfully in patients of all ages.