Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Spine Osteoarthritis Surgery

Surgery may be required for those with severe osteoarthritis.

Surgery for Osteoarthritis

  • Arthrodesis for osteoarthritis:
    • The fusion of two adjacent bones, in order to stabilize a joint; commonly performed in the spine.
  • Arthroplasty for osteoarthritis:
    • Replacement of a diseased joint with a prosthetic or artificial joint
  • Osteotomy for osteoarthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of bone to better realign the joint
  • Resection for osteoarthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of diseased bone
  • Debridement for osteoarthritis:
    • Removal of dead or diseased joint tissue

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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