Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Progressive Systemic Sclerosis 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 Progressive Systemic Sclerosis References
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