Arthrodesis/Arthroplasty

Bone or joint fusion surgery, called arthrodesis, is performed to relieve arthritis pain in the ankles, wrists, fingers, thumbs, or spine.

Arthrodesis

In arthrodesis, two bones on each end of a joint are fused, eliminating the joint itself. While a fused joint loses flexibility, it can bear weight better, is more stable, and is no longer painful.

Arthroplasty

Arthroplasty is a surgery that reconstructs or replaces a diseased joint. For rheumatoid arthritis, arthroplasty is done to restore function to a joint or correct a deformity. Bones in a joint can be reshaped. All or part of the joint can be replaced with metal, ceramic, or plastic parts.

Arthroplasty can relieve pain and restore enough function in a joint to allow a person to perform normal daily activities.

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