Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure done to reconstruct or replace a diseased joint. Arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis is done to correct the deformity or restore the function to the joint. Bones in a joint can be replaced with metal or plastic parts.
What To Expect After Arthroplasty for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Recovery after arthroplasty is gradual. You may need to stay in the hospital for 2 days and the next day after the surgery, you will be able to walk with the help of walking aids. Depending on the the joint operated, post operative rehabilitation program will take a few weeks.
Why Arthroplasty for Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Done
Arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis will provide pain relief and improve the range of movement of the joint to a certain extent.
Arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis is considered when:
- Symptoms can no longer be controlled with medicine, joint injections, physical therapy, and exercise.
- Pain from rheumatoid arthritis can no longer be tolerated.
- You are not able to do normal daily activities.
- Narrowing of the joint space or wearing away of the cartilage and bone is causing severe pain or reduced range of motion.
How Well Arthroplasty Works for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthroplasty can help in reducing the pain and restore the function of the joint to allow you to resume to your normal activities.
What are the Risks of Arthrosplasty
The risks of arthroplasty include risks of a surgery and anaesthesia, the risks are small:
- Loose joints
What To Think About For Arthroplasty For Rheumatoid Arthritis
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An important factor to the success of arthroplasty also depends on the person’s commitment to post operative rehabilitation.