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When is surgery needed to treat psoriatic arthritis?

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Most people with psoriatic arthritis will never need surgery. But when nothing else has worked, surgery can relieve pain, help an affected joint work, and allow you to move more. A procedure called synovectomy removes the diseased lining of a joint. If the damage is very bad, you may need surgery to replace your joint, called arthroplasty. When a joint can't easily be replaced, joint fusion might make it stronger, more stable, and less painful.

From: Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, Health Educator, National Psoriasis Foundation

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, Dermatologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriatic Arthritis” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments”

American College of Rheumatology: “NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.”

MedLine Plus Medical Encyclopedia: “Diclofenac and misoprostol.”

Johnston, BL and Conly, JM. , July-August 2006. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriatic arthritis."

Schett, G. , October 2010. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease

 FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, Health Educator, National Psoriasis Foundation

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, Dermatologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriatic Arthritis” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments”

American College of Rheumatology: “NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.”

MedLine Plus Medical Encyclopedia: “Diclofenac and misoprostol.”

Johnston, BL and Conly, JM. , July-August 2006. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriatic arthritis."

Schett, G. , October 2010. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease

 FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 29, 2019

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