Rheumatoid disease refers to a large number of disorders characterised by painful swelling and inflammation of various joints or muscles. Some of these disorders, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, involve swelling, pain and gradual joint damage due to an autoimmune response (overactive immune system). Common symptoms include: swelling, pain and heat in the joints, stiffness in the joints, usually in the morning, weak muscles and sleeping difficulties due to pain. Conventional treatment includes pain relieving medications, steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and physiotherapy.
Surgery is useful in the early and late stages of the disease. Whilst the mainstay of treatment is medical, it may be beneficial to remove Rheumatoid tissue which causes extensive destruction of normal tissues such as tendons. In the later stages, tendon transfers, realignment and replacement of joints may be helpful.
This may involve removal of inflamed joint membranes, which can help prevent premature destruction of the affected joints and tendons. Advanced cases may require joint replacement surgery, tendon repair and tendon transfers.
Mr Gary Kode has been operating on Rheumatoid disease related issues for decades. For a consultation please contact our practice.