Surgery and Botox
Surgery can sometimes be one method of treating the complications of scleroderma. This can include
- Amputation. If finger ulcers caused by severe Raynaud's disease have developed gangrene, amputation may be necessary.
- Organ transplants - Lungs - People who have developed high blood pressure in the arteries to their lungs (pulmonary hypertension) may be candidates for lung transplants.
- Red spots or lines. Laser surgery can reduce the appearance of red spots or lines caused by swollen blood vessels near the surface of the skin.
- Botox can sometimes be used with scleroderma. Below Prof Peter Butler discusses this method.