Will I need surgery for ankylosing spondylitis?
Typically, surgery is not a treatment option for ankylosing spondylitis. However, if AS causes joint damage, usually in the knees or hips, that makes every day activities difficult, joint replacement may be an option. In extremely rare cases, surgery to straighten the spine may be performed by an experienced surgeon.
SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/ankylosing-spondylitis/living-with/7037 • DATE UPDATED: 2019-06-17