Arthritis Treatment: Signs You May Need Surgery

When other types of treatment have been ineffective, arthritis surgery might be the right prescription for you.

Are you so accustomed to the pain, swelling and stiffness associated with arthritis that you're overlooking the fact that surgery may be your best treatment? There are several types of arthritis surgery ranging from procedures that fuse bones to others that replace joints. One of them may be right for you.

Signs You May Need Surgery
• The pain you experience is severe and/or chronic.
• Your arthritis symptoms have, or are starting to, cause a physical deformity.
• Pain or other arthritis symptoms are interfering with mobility and everyday living.
• Other treatments such as exercise, weight loss and medication have proven ineffective.

How Surgery Can Help
The benefits of arthritis surgery depend on your specific circumstances. However fusing bones, in an ankle for instance, can make the ankle stronger and better able to bear weight, which in turn can drastically reduce pain and discomfort while increasing mobility. Cutting and repositioning bone to remedy a deformity, of the hip for instance, can often solve issues without the need for total joint replacement. Joint replacement surgery, of a knee for instance, can make living an active lifestyle possible.

While there's no cure for arthritis, surgery can be a good way to add life to your years. Learn more about osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, by reading the Medical Center of Plano's Health Information pages or check out our Orthopedic Services and Joint Camp program online. To find out if surgery is a recommended option for you, talk with your doctor. If you need help finding one, call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-TMCP (8627).

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