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Has anybody done an elbow replacement due to rheumatoid arthritis?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Angus Worthing
Dr. Angus Worthing
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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