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When would I need surgery for rheumatoid arthritis?

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Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis can slow it down. But if you already have joint damage, surgery may be your best option. The main reasons to choose surgery for rheumatoid arthritis are to get relief from pain and to help you be able to move better.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Surgery Center." Bland, J. , 1974. Brown, R. (Am), 1993. Canale, S. , 2002. eMedicine: "Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis." Harris, E. , 2005. Ishikawa, H. , 1986. Wolfe, F. , 1998.







Journal of RheumatologyJournal of Bone and Joint SurgeryCampbell's Operative Orthopaedics, 10th ed.Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th ed.Journal of Bone and Joint SurgeryArthritis and Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 04, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Surgery Center." Bland, J. , 1974. Brown, R. (Am), 1993. Canale, S. , 2002. eMedicine: "Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis." Harris, E. , 2005. Ishikawa, H. , 1986. Wolfe, F. , 1998.







Journal of RheumatologyJournal of Bone and Joint SurgeryCampbell's Operative Orthopaedics, 10th ed.Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th ed.Journal of Bone and Joint SurgeryArthritis and Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 04, 2018

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