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Surgeon perfoming laproscopic surgery on a shoulder. Here's to hoping us RA patients can avoid painful joint surgeries like these in the future.

I just came across a really exciting article written by Susan Bernstein, published by Arthrtis Today which claims that joint surgery is on the decline for us Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers. I’ve posted an exert from the article below because this news is too great not to share. I’m loving this kind of progress!

When rheumatologist Erdal Diri started working at Trinity Health Center in Minot, N.D., a decade ago, he saw many rheumatoid arthritis patients referred to him by surgeons frustrated by the levels of joint inflammation they saw.

“Most of these patients were ending up with orthopaedic surgeons and during surgery, they opened up their joints and they were so inflamed that they closed them up and sent the patients to us” to get the inflammation under control before joints could be operated on, recalls Dr. Diri. Better inflammation-fighting drugs and a new approach to treating RA more aggressively has changed that, he says.  From an average of 30 to 40 RA patients being sent for surgery a year at this rural hospital, Dr. Diri now sends only 4 to 5.

“We get control of inflammation at an earlier stage, and we don’t see the joint deformity that we used to see, so the numbers of surgeries are going down. We are living in the anti-TNF era, and we’re seeing the results of that now,” he says.

Biologic drugs that suppress inflammatory agents like tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and others are indeed making a positive impact for people with RA. Surgery to repair joints deformed by RA is down sharply nationwide over the last twenty years, according to recent research.

The most recent study, conducted by rheumatologists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and published in Journal of Rheumatology in January, tracked surgeries among 813 RA patients from 1980 to 2007. The researchers, led by Eric L. Matteson, MD, found that the incidence of any joint surgery within 10 years of their diagnosis went from 27.3 percent in the 1980 to 1994 period to 19.5 percent from 1995 to 2007. Soft-tissue surgeries declined the most over the period studied, but total joint replacements were down as well. Women and obese RA patients still had more surgeries than men or thinner patients.

In an earlier study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers supported by the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS, part of the National Institutes of Health) also tracked a group of California RA patients from 1983 to 2007 and found similar declines. Knee replacements for these patients dropped 19 percent over the period and hip replacements dropped by 40 percent.  

The full article can be viewed at the Arthritis Foundation website.

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Arthritis Foundation Summer Shindig Chicago Poster

Join the Arthritis Foundation Associate Leadership Council for their annual Shindig event at Rockit Bar & Grill on Friday, September 9, 2011.

Who: Arthritis Foundation Supporters, the Heartland Region Leadership Council, Associate Leadership Council and all of their awesome friends and family

What: The Annual Shindig Event Fundraiser
Proceeds Support the Arthritis Foundation’s Programs for Children with Arthritis and their Families

Where: Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W. Hubbard Street in Chicago

When: Friday, September 9th from 6-9PM

Why: Because we love to have fun, especially when it’s for a good cause!

Ticket Prices include drinks and passed appetizers
$45 in advance

$55 at the door on the day of the event


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Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears

Dear Brian Urlacher,

The Chicagoland Associate Board of the Arthritis Foundation is hosting our annual event at Rockit Bar & Grill Chicago on September 9, 2011. We are hoping you will join us that evening to create awareness for the #1 form of disability in America. If you attend our party, I promise you will have the night of your life! Free drinks on the house from your’s truly 🙂

Dear Friends & Readers,

Please save the date for the Chicagoland Arthritis Foundation’s annual shin-dig at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago on September 9, 2011. It’s unlike any other party we host all year. One thing is for sure, GREAT times will be had. Also, please “like” our request to recruit Brian to our event on facebook. If he shows up, we’ll have the opportunity to raise more money and awareness then we ever have before at the annual bash.

xoxo,

Katie


This is a rough draft of a video recently filmed at the Chicagoland Arthritis Walk in Lincoln Park on May 22, 2010. The video serves to educate viewers about the Arthritis Foundation and its mission. Yours truly was interviewed for the short film. I’m the one clad in brown!