Surgery is another alternative for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis who want to repair joint and tissue damage. Common for hips and knees, total joint replacement surgery replaces damaged joints with prosthetics. Joint resection surgery removes parts of the bone to create more space between bone and joint in the fingers, ankles, elbows and shoulders. Joint fusion connects bones to a damaged joint. In the past 25 years, the number of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients undergoing surgery has declined due to advancements in medications and treatment.
With all the advances and forthcoming advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis which have been landing at the feet of patients and rheumatologists over the past decade, we tend to forget that joint destruction still occurs despite the use of these expensive biologic agents. And so, the biopharmaceutical firms continue to pour billions of…