This department deals with diseases of the joints, inflammation of blood vessels and relatively rare disease like systemic lupus (SLE). Rheumatologists work in close co-ordination with orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists. While the surgeon guides on appropriate surgical interventions, the rehumatologist decides the course of drug treatment. With new drug option opening up and rapid advances being made in this field, rheumatologists can treat Rheumatoid arthritis with special drugs. These modulate the immune system and cause strengthening of the cartilage.