February 1st, 2012

Joint Surgery Growing Less Common in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Joint replacement surgery continues to become less common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, probably reflecting the widespread adoption of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, judging from findings of a population-based study published in this month’s Journal of Rheumatology…In this study, "we examined whether the prior sex differences and use trends in reduced surgical intervention for RA persist in patients diagnosed after 1995, and evaluated the effect of RA surgery on survival in these patients," wrote Dr. Courtney A. Shourt and her associates from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Family Practice News, by Becky McCall, 01/31/2012

Tags: Dr. Courtney A. Shourt, joint replacement surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Research, rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatology, The Journal of Rheumatology

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