Arthroscopic synovectomy of the knee for rheumatoid arthritis

Arthroscopy. 1991;7(1):91-7. doi: 10.1016/0749-8063(91)90085-c.


Arthroscopic synovectomy for rheumatoid arthritis was carried out on a total of 96 knees. The period of follow-up observation varied from 2 to 4 years. The technique was without major complication. There were statistically significant decreases in pain and synovitis over the 4-year follow-up time. The range of movement was maintained. Arthroscopic synovectomy was at least a valuable palliative procedure for uncontrolled synovitis of the knee.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / surgery*
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Knee Joint / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Synovectomy*
  • Synovitis / surgery*
  • Time Factors