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Anyone heard of (or experience) a radioisotope synovectomy?

  1. Hi Claudia! Glad you were able to make it here from our Facebook page!

    One of our advocates, Angela, has written a lot about her issues with RA and wrist pain. She had a synovectomy in 1999 to help with inflammation on her joints (though in her experience the surgery only helped a little). I'll share one of her articles here that might offer some more perspective. https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/wrist-pain-flare-up/

    Also, I'm curious if other community members have experienced a radioisotope synovectomy and will weigh in here. I hope that this helps!

    -Reggie (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)

    1. Hi Claudia. I can't speak specifically to the radioisotope synovectomy, but I want to share with you this research article on the topic which notes "About 70–80% of patients respond well to the therapy:" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4967977/#:~:text=Radionuclide%20synovectomy%20is%20a%20minimally,fibrosis%20of%20hypertrophic%20synovial%20membrane. Here is another research article on the topic: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28652100/. Hope this information helps. Wishing you the best. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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