Rheumatoid Arthritis (Inflammatory Spinal Conditions) Treatment

Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory spine conditions

Spine Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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Inflammation is a body’s natural response to tissue irritation or damage, and it can cause swelling, redness, heat, and loss of function. Inflammation of a joint is called arthritis, and it can be confined to a single joint, or it may be wide-spread, as in rheumatoid arthritis. If you suffer from this rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory spine conditions, you are likely to have brittle bones and your nerves in the spine may be pinched. Your spine may also be in the wrong alignment. Your neck is likely to feel sore all the time. You may be referred by your rheumatologist to see us for possible surgery.

Surgery will usually involve inserting titanium screws and rods to correct the deformity, as well as opening the space for the nerves (Figure 1). This procedure is more commonly performed from the back of the neck, and it will involve shaving your hair and placing you in the face-down position for the duration of the operation. Your head will be secured onto a head holder during the surgery.

Occasionally, fixation to the base of the skull (occipitocervical fusion) is essential to obtain total stability of the spine in these challenging cases.

Our doctor Adjunct A/Professor Hee Hwan Tak at Singapore Pinnacle Orthopaedic Group specialises in the conservative as well as surgical treatment of various spinal disorders. Contact us for a comprehensive consultation.

 

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Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth #04-07
Singapore 228510
+65 6737 0558 (Office hours)
+65 9727 8528 (After office hours)
+65 6737 0680 (Back & Nerve, Scoliosis Office Hours)
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Parkway East Medical Centre
319 Joo Chiat Place #03-05
Singapore 427989
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Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road #04-26
Singapore 329563
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DR KEVIN LEE
(Mount Elizabeth & Mount Elizabeth Novena)

Hip & Knee Replacements, Sports Injuries, Cartilage Repair
+65 6737 0558 (Office hours)
+65 9727 8528 (After office hours)

DR HEE HWAN TAK
(Mount Elizabeth)

Spine, Scoliosis, Neck & Nerve Problems
+65 6737 0680 (Office hours)
+65 9771 8964 (After office hours)

DR ANDY WEE
(Parkway East, Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Novena)

Shoulder & Elbow, Sports Injuries, Arthroscopic Surgery Of The Hip & Knee
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+65 9125 8585 (After office hours)

DR VICTOR SEAH
(Mount Elizabeth Novena & Parkway East)

Foot & Ankle, Trauma & Fractures
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+65 9088 3029 (After office hours)

DR TAY GUAN TZU
(MOUNT ELIZABETH NOVENA)

PAEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS, FOOT & ANKLE, MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY, DEFORMITY CORRECTION WITH FRAMES
+65 6734 0378 (Office hours)
+65 8699 8811 (After office hours)
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