Should People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Joint Replacement Surgery?

U.S. News & World Report—April 28, 2017

U.S. News & World Report interviewed HSS rheumatologist Susan M. Goodman, MD on rheumatoid arthritis patients potentially experiencing complications after joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Goodman said "patients with RA can expect to improve as much as patients who undergo knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis," and attributed the "widespread use of potent disease-modifying medications has led to great improvements in the health-related quality of life for patients living with RA."

She added most RA patients will experience a flare-up of their arthritis after surgery, but having RA is not an impediment to surgery or recovery.

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