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.