Orthopaedic Surgeon Questions Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can surgery help in treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Can surgery help to treat or ease the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis?

5 Answers

Surgery can be very helpful in the treatment of many rheumatoid joints that have been severely damaged by the disease and are no longer amenable to medical or conservative treatment. Consult with your rheumatologist and orthopedic surgeon for advice.
Yes, but it depends on the body part that is involved.
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In general the pain of rheumatoid arthritis is treated with medication. Surgery is the last option for the treatment of pain associated with RA. It is used only when medicine has failed and must have realistic goals set by the patient and surgeon. Surgery is used to improve function as well as help pain which has failed other treatment modalities
Generically speaking, surgery is not used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Medication is the main treatment. However, deformities and end-stage rheumatoid change will at times require surgical intervention.
Can surgery help in treating rheumatoid arthritis?? Yes, surgery can improve pain and function in joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis. However, surgery is usually reserved for more advanced cases of joint destruction and/or deformity. Medication remains the initial treatment of choice.