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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-18

From confusion to consensus: Need for multi disciplinary team approach in rheumatology: An orthopaedic surgeons's perpective

1 Joint Replacement Surgery, Army Hospital(R&R), Delhi & Director General Hospital Services(Armed Forces), India
2 Command Hospital(CC), Lucknow 226002, India

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Ashutosh Chauhan
Command Hospital(CC), Lucknow 226002
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DOI: 10.1016/j.injr.2014.10.232

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Aim of joint surgeries in rheumatoid arthritis is to restore function and quality of life, prevent joint deterioration, relieve pain and correct deformity in patients afflicted with rheumatoid disorders With advent of newer therapeutic modalities, the need for joint surgeries in cases of rheumatoid disorders has drastically reduced over the past two decades. Decision-making and timing for orthopaedic intervention are complex issues because of polyarticular involvement in rheumatoid disorder. Optimal results from the surgery demands close team work between the rheumatologists and the orthopaedic surgeon. However, as studies, have indicated, there appears to be divergent views amongst rheumatologist and the orthopaedic surgeon as regards indications, timing and effectiveness of rheumatoid joint surgery. This is to the detriment of the patient's best interest. Therefore, it is imperative that a multidisci- plinary team approach be adopted towards managing each patient. The need of the hour is evolution of integrated Rheumatology Team comprising of rheumatologist, orthopaedic surgeon, pain care specialist, physiotherapist and nurse, a close synergy of interests to provide holistic care to patients of inflammatory joint disorders.

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