What is arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis?

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  • ANatalie E. Azar, MD, Rheumatology, answered
    What is arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis?

    Arthroplasty is another term for joint replacement; most commonly knees and hips are replaced due to RA, but shoulders, elbows, wrists and ankles can also be replaced. Watch rheumatologist Natalie Azar, MD, discuss arthroplasty and who performs it.

  • AHealthwise answered

    Arthroplasty is surgery done to reconstruct or replace a diseased joint. For rheumatoid arthritis, arthroplasty is done to restore function to a joint or correct a deformity. Bones in a joint can be reshaped, or all or part of the joint can be replaced with metal or plastic parts.

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