Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Limited Scleroderma Treatment

There is no cure for scleroderma. Treatment for scleroderma usually includes a combination of skin moisturizers, avoiding cold environments, physical therapy, and medications. Some may be candidates for surgery to correct more serious complications of scleroderma. Those with Raynaud's disease may also require treatment to control this condition.

Treatment for scleroderma may include:

Treatment of myositis due to scleroderma may include:

Treatment of arthritis due to scleroderma may include:

Treatment of pulmonary hypertension due to scleroderma may include:

Treatment of Raynaud's disease, often associated with scleroderma, includes:

Limited Scleroderma Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of scleroderma.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Limited Scleroderma Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat scleroderma:

Limited Scleroderma Surgery

Surgery may used to treat joint stiffness in those with scleroderma. The surgery may reduce joint deformities and improve joint function.

Surgery for scleroderma:

  • Arthrodesis:
    • Fusion of two adjacent bones, in order to stabilize a joint; commonly performed in the spine
  • Arthroplasty:
    • Replacement of a diseased joint with an artificial joint
  • Osteotomy:
    • Removal of a portion of bone to better realign the joint
  • Resection:
    • Removal of a portion of diseased bone in the joint
  • Synovectomy:
    • Removal of a portion of the diseased soft tissue in the joint

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Limited Scleroderma References
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