Skip to Content

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Total Joint Replacement

Skip to the navigation

Topic Overview

Total joint replacement may be considered as a last resort for joints that have been so badly damaged by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) that walking is very hard or impossible. The hip and the knee joints are the most commonly replaced. Results can be very good in teens who have total joint replacement.

In general, it is best to delay total joint replacement until your child's bones have stopped growing. But the possible risks of waiting must also be considered. Waiting may lead to worsening of the joint and surrounding tissues.

Joint replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore function. But it will not restore the joint to a normal condition.

If both hips and knees need to be replaced, hips are done first. It is hard to rehabilitate the knee if there is not good function in the hip.

See the topic Osteoarthritis for more information on total knee and hip replacement surgery.

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics

Current as ofOctober 10, 2017

Current as of: October 10, 2017

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Learn how we develop our content.

© 1995-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

Symptom Checker

Decision Points

Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.

You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:

Interactive Tools

Get started learning more about your health!

Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.

Health Library