Is there a place for knee arthroscopy in rheumatoid arthritis?

Author(s): Pogarasteanu Mark


The role of arthroscopy in rheumatoid arthritis for the knee joint is a subject of dispute among Orthopaedic surgeons. On one hand, a school of thought states that the Rheumatology specialist is fully responsible for the treatment of the disease, until it progresses far enough that a knee arthroplasty is necessary. On the other hand, a significant number of surgeons consider that an arthroscopic synovectomy has merit in cases where medical treatment is insufficient, even though the relief is temporary.

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