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I had an arthroscopy on my knee for rheumatoid arthritis three months ago. Th eknee is still painful and swollen. Why?
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Dr. Jason Torrente
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Arthroscopy can only help you if you have any structural abnormality like a meniscal tear. Ra is an autoimmune that can prematurally destroy a joint.
You may need some form of oral treatment for RA if you are still symptomatic. You should follow up with your rheumatologist.

In brief: Depends
Arthroscopy can only help you if you have any structural abnormality like a meniscal tear. Ra is an autoimmune that can prematurally destroy a joint.
You may need some form of oral treatment for RA if you are still symptomatic. You should follow up with your rheumatologist.
Dr. Jason Torrente
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rheumatoid
Patients have arthroscopies for inflammatory diseases such as ra, but this illness can return rapidly to the joint even if the surgeon cleaned it out well.
I do not think your knee should be so painful simply from the procedure since it has been 3 months, but some peolple heal slower. My suspicion is that RA is active in the knee and may require medications rather then further surgery.

In brief: Rheumatoid
Patients have arthroscopies for inflammatory diseases such as ra, but this illness can return rapidly to the joint even if the surgeon cleaned it out well.
I do not think your knee should be so painful simply from the procedure since it has been 3 months, but some peolple heal slower. My suspicion is that RA is active in the knee and may require medications rather then further surgery.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Dr. Stuart Springer
May also depend on what was found and what was done in the knee.
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