Rheumatoid Arthritis

Frequently Asked Questions

7. What kind of surgery is available for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Several types of surgery, including joint replacement and tendon reconstruction, are available to people with rheumatoid arthritis. A doctor may perform surgery to smooth out, fuse, or reposition bones, or to replace joints.

The purpose of these procedures is to reduce pain, improve joint function, and improve a person's ability to perform activities of daily living. For people with arthritis, surgery is one way to help relieve pain and disability.

If you are considering surgery for rheumatoid arthritis, there are important factors to discuss with your doctor beforehand. These include your age and occupation, the extent of your disability and pain, and how much the disease interferes with your everyday life.