Rheumatoid arthritis affects around 1% of the global population with a predilection for
Western societies. The treatment of the rheumatoid hip has gone through significant changes in recent
years. Although osteotomies and synovectomies were previously commonplace, advances in arthroplasty
technique and technology has seen these former procedures being performed less commonly.
This article tackles some of the key issues with regard to the rheumatoid hip, namely the increased risk
and methods of dealing with protrusio acetabuli, the risk of dislocation, infection and rates of aseptic loosening.
Keywords: Dislocation, hip replacement, infection, loosening, protrusio acetabuli, rheumatoid arthritis.
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