Has anybody done an elbow replacement due to rheumatoid arthritis?

Best reason. Rheumatoid arthritis is the best indication for total elbow arthroplasty (tea). Tea restores function and provides excellent pain relief, in rheumatoid arthritis. After surgery lifting will be restricted, but range of motion is improved and usually pain free. Find a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in this type of surgery, usually a hand or shoulder and elbow surgeon.
Yes. Agree with dr. Moeser that elbow replacement is an option in RA but not commonly done. Medications are first line therapy. Other surgical treaatment options include synovectomy (which may be temporary).
Yes. Though the success rates are not as good for elbow replacement surgery as they are for hip or knee replacements, they have been done. Before doing a joint replacement in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, it is best to first control inflammation. Also, it is important to discuss realistic expectations with the surgeon.

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How do I ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis? Usually on necks, elbows, wrists, fi gers, especially on thighs, knees and ankles.

See a rheumatologist. There are some excellent medications to control rheumatoid arthritis; they can have side effects, but used appropriately they can reduce or prevent long term damage to your joints. They work best if used early in the course of the disease. See a specialist, and get a second opinion if necessary. Read more...
See a doctor. A rheumatologist can prescribe proper medication for pain and swelling. Read more...
You need. To be under the care of a rheumatologist. There are many medications that can help you. Read more...

How common is a joint replacement due to rheumatoid arthritis?

Less common now. A joint replacement is done for a severly damaged joint that can no longer function. We now have medications that can help stop the severe damage of rheumatoid arthritis. With these medications there will be far less joint replacements in the future. The earlier we begin these biologic therapies the better chance we have to stop the damage. Read more...

Is knee replacement the best solution for rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe. It depends on what is causing the pain and how bad the pain is. There are many medical and non-surgical treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, but if required, knee replacement is an appropriate treatment. Read more...
If necessary. If necessary, when the joint is destroyed by rheumatoid disease, knee replacement can relieve pain and improve function. However, it is typically best if the disease (rheumatoid arthritis) be controlled medically with medicines so that the effects of the joints (hips, wrists, elbows, knees, etc) are minimized. Read more...

What are the chances of having to get a joint replacement with rheumatoid arthritis?

Not always . A joint replacement is done for a severly damaged joint that can no longer function. We now have medications that can help stop the severe damage of rheumatoid arthritis. With these medications there will be far less joint replacements in the future. The earlier we begin these biologic therapies the better chance we have to stop the damage. Read more...
Depends . Depends on age of diagnosis, severity of disease and medical treatment. See a rheumatologist and get treatment early to prevent the destruction of your joints. If you need a joint replacement, realize it is extremely successful at treating the arthritic joint but this is the last stage of treatment, prevention is key. Read more...

What are the chances of someone having to get a joint replacement with rheumatoid arthritis?

Joint replacement. Very common if the RA has been destructive to the joint. Read more...
Knee replacement. The indication for knee replacement is severity of pain that affects your wakling and daily functional activity (xrays does not determine need for replacement). Orhto will help with in making a decision. Read more...