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.
In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may…