Knee Surg Relat Res.  2012 Mar;24(1):1-6. 10.5792/ksrr.2012.24.1.1.

Total Knee Arthroplasty in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. chhchoi@hanyang.ac.kr

Abstract

The course of rheumatoid arthritis varies from mild disease to severe joint destructive variant that progresses rapidly, eventually leading to unremitting pain and joint deformity. In advanced disease, total knee arthroplasty has proven to be the most successful intervention that reduces knee pain and improves physical function in rheumatoid arthritis patients. However, as rheumatoid arthritis patients carry additional potential for late complications, many important considerations regarding preoperative evaluation and surgical technique must be taken into account in order to improve the results of total knee arthroplasty in this subgroup of patients.

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Knee; Rheumatoid arthritis; Total knee arthroplasty
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