Does One Need Anti Arthritis Meds After Knee Replacement Surgery (With Rheumatoid Arthitis) ?

TKR

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory ailment that affects multiple joints. However, this is too simple a picture. RA has systemic manifestations & can involve other organs like eyes, lungs, nerves as well. In fact, we now call it Rheumatoid Disease as it is more than just arthritis.

Unchecked rheumatoid inflammation in the joints damages the joints (as seen previously on this blog). It can destroy the cartilage in the joints & leads to secondary osteoarthritis. This is common in the knee due to the weight bearing.

Surgical intervention like TKR (Total Knee replacement), THR (Total Hip replacement) are used to take care of the damaged joint. Once severely damaged, knee replacement surgery remains the best option. TKR, THR thus take care of the mechanical problem in the involved joint. It does not take care of the RA activity. Hence the surgery will have no implications on the inflammation in the other joints.

Hence, DMARDs (Anti Arthritis meds like Methotrtexate,Hydroxychloroquine, Leflunomide, Suphasalazine are a must even after surgery to take care of the other joints.

Advertisements

3 Responses to Does One Need Anti Arthritis Meds After Knee Replacement Surgery (With Rheumatoid Arthitis) ?

  1. Nagesh.wagholikar says:

    Thank you Doctor !

    Like

  2. It’s not my first time to pay a visit this site, i am browsing this web page dailly and get good information from here daily.

    Like

  3. knee pain says:

    So, as a first timer here I wanted to say that your site is completely superb! We’re interested in starting a volunteer community initiative in this niche. The tips on your blog were extremely helpful to us, as it gave us something to work on. Thanks.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: