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Predictors of RA Flare After Total Joint Arthroplasty

The Rheumatologist reports on research by HSS seeking to better understand postoperative total knee and hip arthroplasty flares in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, which may help improve postoperative recovery.

The Rheumatologist spoke to lead investigator Susan M. Goodman, MD, rheumatologist at HSS, who explained the purpose of the study was to determine the rate, characteristics and risk factors of patient-reported flares of RA within six weeks of surgery. Dr. Goodman noted, “Surprisingly, our analysis demonstrated that disease activity at the time of surgery, and not medication management - whether we stopped the medications or not - was associated with post-op flares.” Patients with active RA are advised they are at risk for a flare following surgery, and Dr. Goodman and her team are now analyzing patient outcomes from the study at one year following surgery to determine if and what care changes may be applied.

“This information may prove valuable, aiding patients, rheumatologists and surgeons to plan ahead for the risk of postoperative flare. A preventative approach may give patients the best opportunity for optimal recovery after surgery,” added Dr. Goodman.

Read the full article at the-rheumatologist.org.