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What surgeries can help with osteoarthritis?

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If your osteoarthritis is severe, and medications and other treatments haven’t helped with pain, stiffness, and other issues, surgery may be an option. They include:

  • Arthroscopy to remove or repair loose or damaged tissue in the joint.
  • Joint replacement surgery to replace the damaged joint with an artificial one.
  • Joint fusion (arthrodesis) fuses the two bones on each side of the joint. The joint will no longer be flexible.
  • Osteotomy realigns bones of the arm or leg to relieve pressure on the joint.

From: Understanding Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Questions & Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial Primary Study."

Lozada, C. Firestein: Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed. "Management of Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Questions & Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial Primary Study."

Lozada, C. Firestein: Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed. "Management of Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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