Download Clinical Management of the Rheumatoid Hand, Wrist, and Elbow 2016 PDF

Download Clinical Management of the Rheumatoid Hand, Wrist, and Elbow 2016 PDF
by Kevin C. Chung (Editor)

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the management and related surgery of the rheumatoid hand, wrist, and elbow. It provides a much-needed, authoritative discussion of the epidemiology, surgical techniques, and outcomes of rheumatoid surgery. The book begins by introducing important background concepts, and then goes on to present up-to-date details on pre and postoperative management, indications, and treatment options. Each section ends with case-based coverage of common clinical scenarios and features numerous illustrations that showcase the sequential approach in managing this disease. Clinical Management of the Rheumatoid Hand, Wrist, and Elbow has broad appeal for rheumatologists and primary care physicians, and will assist them in providing appropriate referrals for surgery consultations. It also serves as a valuable reference for surgeons treating and managing patients with this unique disease. ​

Caring for the rheumatoid patient has been an integral part of a hand surgeon’s practice. In the course of the last two decades, improvement in medical management by having innovative medications such as the biologic disease-modifying drugs has markedly decreased the rate of surgery for rheumatoid patients. These biologic medications are highly effective in decreasing synovitis and deformities that were commonly seen prior to the introduction of these medications. However, the success in applying biologics for rheumatoid arthritis does not diminish the role of surgeons in performing reconstructive procedures because some patients may be refractory to these medications, whereas others may have a delay in developing the typical 
deformities that invariably may still develop over time. 
Rheumatoid arthritis is a worldwide disease. Many countries cannot afford the use of these highly expensive biologic medications, and surgical expertise is still needed to restore hand function. Training in the rheumatoid hand is much needed in Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America where the care of the rheumatoid hand is still in its infancy. This much anticipated textbook on the care of rheumatoid arthritis is the first of its kind, by including contributions from world experts on the care of the rheumatoid hand. All the authors and I strive to present concepts in reconstructing the rheumatoid hand, wrist, and the elbow. Additionally, we feel the care of rheumatoid arthritis patients is a collaborative effort between rheumatologists and surgeons in combating the devastating effect of this disease on our patients’ quality of life. We are indebted to our rheumatology colleagues in sharing their expertise with us in this seminal textbook. 
This textbook is an invaluable teaching tool for the new generation of surgeons and rheumatologists who may not have sufficient experience in evaluating and treating rheumatoid patients with these deformities that are becoming much less common in the developed world. Similarly, for those countries that still do not have the resources for intensive and costly medical treatment, understanding the pathophysiology, anatomy, and outcomes of surgical treatment is critical in the evaluation and care for the rheumatoid population. Furthermore, this textbook can be helpful to rheumatologists who should also understand surgical possibilities so that they can refer patients for surgical consultation in the early phase of the disease rather than when the deformities are so severe that options are limited.

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