Orthopaedic management of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes

Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2017 Mar;175(1):188-194. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31551. Epub 2017 Feb 13.


The role of orthopedic surgery in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is inherently controversial, opaque to most patients and many medical providers, and difficult to discern from available medical literature. Non-operative treatment is preferable, but for carefully selected patients, specific joint stabilization and nerve decompression procedures can provide symptomatic relief when conservative measures fail. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; joint stabilization; musculoskeletal treatment; nerve decompression; orthopedic surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / complications
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / surgery*
  • Joint Instability / surgery
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / surgery
  • Orthopedics / methods*