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

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

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 [12]

  • Fracture stabilization

  • Joint replacement - Patients with significant involvement of the hips may benefit from total hip arthroplasty [13]

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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