Features February 2003 Issue

Surgery Options For Arthritis

Arthroscopy? Osteotomy? Synovectomy? Arthrodesis? What the words mean. What the procedures deliver.

If you’re in constant pain, and you’ve tried everything to relieve your aches—rest, exercise, thermal treatments, medication—surgery may be the answer. Since different problems require different approaches, the procedure that’s best for you will depend on an orthopaedic specialist’s advice. In the meantime, here’s a primer on several—Surgery 101 For Arthritis. …

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