Which surgical procedures are performed in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Updated: Feb 02, 2021
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The following procedures can be used in the surgical management of AS:

  • Vertebral osteotomy - Patients with fusion of the cervical or upper thoracic spine may benefit from extension osteotomy of the cervical spine. [13] This procedure is associated with significant complications and should rarely be performed and only by surgeons with appropriate experience.
  • Fracture stabilization
  • Joint replacement - Patients with significant involvement of the hips may benefit from total hip arthroplasty. [14]

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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