Abstract Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease which, if untreated, may progress to severe damage of the spine with functional impairment, disability and poor quality of life. An increased mortality has been reported in AS patients compared to the general population. AS requires combined management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) and advice by different health professionals. Even the pharmacological treatment in the last decade has dramatically changed the outcome, the severity of the disease might require a surgical approach for the hip involvement with total hip replacement, or the corrective spinal surgery. However, this surgery deserves some careful approaches since the complexity of the disease. Rehabilitation still represents a cornerstone of the global management of AS patients. The present review summarizes the state of art of surgical management of these two diseases.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s12306-013-0285-9|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84884147192|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|