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Surgery is rarely needed for gout unless significant joint damage has occurred from lack of effective treatment. Surgery can be used to remove tophi.
It is critically important to follow up with a doctor. Gouty arthritis is treated in two stages. The first stage is to treat the acute arthritis. The second stage is to prevent gouty arthritis attacks from happening again.
Low doses of colchicine or anti-inflammatory medications may be used for an acute attack. One will need to follow up with a doctor after the acute attack has resolved to determine if it is necessary to start medications to lower the blood uric acid level.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2016
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