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Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)

Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis need several operations over time. Examples include removal of damaged synovium (synovectomy), tendon repairs, and replacement of badly damaged joints, especially the knees or hips. Surgical fusion of damaged rheumatoid wrists can alleviate pain and improve function. Sometimes rheumatoid nodules in the skin that are irritating are removed surgically.

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis have involvement of the vertebrae of the neck (cervical spine). This has the potential for compressing the spinal cord and causing serious consequences in the nervous system. This is important to identify prior to intubation procedures for surgery. These people with serious spinal involvement occasionally need to undergo surgical fusion of the spine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2015

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