Perioperative use of methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing orthopedic surgery

Academic Article


  • Methotrexate (MTX) is commonly prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Its use seems to be an independent risk factor for infection with common pathogens and opportunistic organisms. Some rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons hold the opinion that MTX should be temporarily withheld to lessen the likelihood of postoperative infection or poor wound healing. Alternatively, some clinicians believe that MTX should be continued throughout the perioperative period to avoid flares in rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. There are no definitive studies on which to rely in this decision-making process, but the authors believe that withholding MTX for 2 weeks of the perioperative period is a reasonable and prudent approach.
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    Author List

  • Bridges SL; Moreland LW
  • Start Page

  • 981
  • End Page

  • 993
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 4