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Who Needs Surgery for Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Everyday Health—October 27, 2015

Everyday Health reports that patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) may never need surgery to properly manage their health condition, however it is still beneficial to understand or become familiar with the warning signs that may lead to surgery.

According to Susan M. Goodman, MD, a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, ÔÇťAnkylosing spondylitis classically affects the spine," she says. "In severe cases, the hips and shoulders and, less frequently, the knees can also be damaged by arthritis." Dr. Goodman also notes that although AS does commonly affect both hips, it is not usually severe enough to require surgery.

To learn more about warning signs for surgery associated with ankylosing spondylitis, visit www.everydayhealth.com.


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