Operative Treatment of Arthritis

  • Joseph A. Buckwalter
  • W. Timothy Ballard


Pain not relieved by other treatments is the most common indication for operative treatment of arthritis. Loss of joint function is a less common indication for surgical treatment because function restoration is usually less predictable than pain relief. Operative treatments include joint debridement, synovectomy, osteotomy, soft tissue arthroplasty, resection arthroplasty, fusion, and joint replacement. In addition, people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may benefit from tenosynovectomy and repair or reconstruction of ruptured tendons.


Total Knee Arthroplasty Ankylose Spondylitis Heterotopic Ossification Joint Replacement Total Joint Arthroplasties 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Buckwalter
    • 1
  • W. Timothy Ballard
    • 2
  1. 1.Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics and RehabilitationUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Joint Replacement Center, Department of OrthopaedicsMemorial HospitalChattanoogaUSA

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