Hand surgeons are an integral part of the management team for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. There is now a greater understanding of the rational utilization of rheumatoid hand surgery, which highlights the differences between hand surgeons and rheumatologists regarding the treatment of the rheumatoid hand. Advances in medical treatments have also decreased the prevalence of hand deformities caused by this disease. Hand surgeons today have less exposure to treating rheumatoid hand, but despite more effective medical options, surgery may still offer patients hope for improvement of hand function and appearance.
There is a number of surgical treatments for Rheumatoid Deformities and careful sequential planning of the surgical procedures can maintain the patients joints function and in many cases will enhance outcomes of joint mobility by corrections existing deformities. An early introduction of a hand surgeon can inform the patient of different available options and allow longitudinal assessment of structural and functional changes that could be treatable by surgical interventions.