Wound healing complications and infection following surgery for rheumatoid arthritis

Foot Ankle Clin. 2007 Sep;12(3):509-24, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2007.04.005.


The goal of the foot and ankle surgeon is to achieve balanced correction of deformity in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) while minimizing the risk for complications. To achieve these goals, a large number of procedures may be required at a single or in a staged operative setting. In this article, the evaluation of the patient to assess operative risks and the management of perioperative complications in the RA foot and ankle patient are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antirheumatic Agents / adverse effects
  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / surgery*
  • Bacterial Infections / etiology
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Care / methods
  • Orthopedic Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / physiopathology
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Venous Thrombosis / prevention & control
  • Wound Healing


  • Antirheumatic Agents