Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgery

Surgery for rheumatoid arthritis can correct deformities and improve joint function.

Surgery for rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Arthrodesis for rheumatoid arthritis:
    • Fusion of two adjacent bones, in order to stabilize a joint
    • Most commonly performed in the spine
  • Arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis:
    • Replacement of a diseased joint with an artificial joint
  • Osteotomy for rheumatoid arthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of bone, in order to realign the joint
  • Joint resection for rheumatoid arthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of diseased bone
  • Synovectomy for rheumatoid arthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of the diseased lining of 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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