Although I have rheumatoid arthritis and I know what can possibly happen to my body now or in the future, I’d still like to hide my head in the sand as much as anybody. However, I can’t do that. I have a responsibility to research topics and provide information for the community’s benefit as well as my own.
You may recall that even before I saw a rheumatologist and received the official diagnosis of RA, I was consulting a hand surgeon about getting steroid injections in my wrists and possibly facing carpal tunnel release surgery in the future. I was terrified and still shake inside when I think of anybody cutting open such a delicate area as a wrist, especially MY wrists.
My story didn’t end up with surgery, for which I am thankful, but it did end up with facing a life with RA. With the powerful drugs which are more commonly used nowadays with patients earlier in their disease course, fewer and fewer surgeries are necessary. A study released last year noted that the rate of surgeries in RA patients has declined dramatically in the past 25 years. That’s encouraging news!
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What Types of Surgery Are Used in Rheumatoid Arthritis?