New Findings on Joint Replacement for Patients with SLE or RA HSS Rheumatologists & Orthopedic Surgeons Overturn Common Beliefs Recent collaborations of HSS physicians and surgeons using the extensive HSS Total Joint Replacement Registries have revealed that patients with lupus and RA can experience pain relief and beneficial results from total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Drug treatments for RA have changed dramatically in recent years, and the investigators wanted to see if that change affected patient outcomes in joint replacement. Matching each of 159 contemporary patients with RA having total knee replacement (TKR) to two patients undergoing TKR for osteoarthritis (OA), the collaboration demonstrated that patients with RA can expect TKR benefits and outcomes similar to patients with OA. Another investigation matched each of 101 patients with lupus undergoing either TKR or total hip arthroplasty (THA) to two similar patients having the same surgery for OA. Patients with lupus experienced far fewer adverse events than previously expected. Two years after surgery, pain and function outcomes were similiar for patients with and without lupus. Studies presented at the 2012 ACR Annual Meeting HSS Authors, Both Studies: Lisa A. Mandl MD MPH (right) Assistant Attending Physician Susan M Goodman, MD (left) Assistant Attending Physician Mark P. Figgie, MD (pictured on next page) Chief, Surgical Arthritis Service Additonal Authors and Full Details on HSS.edu
Learn more about the HSS Rheumatology Research Studies presented at the 2012 ACR Meeting.