Rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons must frequently collaborate to provide optimal patient care. Sometimes, they may even work at the same practice and form a care team for easy collaboration. Still, patient management from both specialties can be challenging, and specialists from both sides can learn from each other.
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Rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons may collaborate under varied circumstances, but the most common scenario is for a patient under rheumatologic care on maximal medical therapy who is still not fully controlled, says hip and knee surgeon Michael L. Parks, MD, clinical director of orthopedic surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), New York. Dr. Parks is also part of the Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center at HSS.
“When medical treatment fails, rheumatologists ask orthopedic joint replacement surgeons for joint replacement,” says Jorge Baez, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y., and the Central Orthopedic Group in Plainview and Rockville Centre, N.Y.