Total Joint Arthroplasty: Is Perfection Attainable?

Mark H. Gonzalez, MD, MEng, and William M. Mihalko, MD, PhD

Can an orthopaedic total joint arthroplasty (TJA) surgeon with modern implants, proper technique, and postoperative management achieve the desired result 100 percent of the time? This certainly seems to be the goal of both consumer advocates and government regulators, as the following examples show.

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