Arthritic Hand and Wrist Surgery
If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of arthritis in the hands, you may be excited to learn that there is a solution available at Wilson Hand Surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Barbara Wilson is a hand and wrist surgeon who specializes in arthritis surgery. Find out more about this surgical procedure and how it can help give you back function in your hands and relief from pain.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. It is very common in the hands because we use them so often, for everything from typing to cooking to lifting heavy objects. There are several different types of arthritis:
- Degenerative (cartilage on the bones erodes due to injury, aging, family history or other factors)
- Inflammatory (erosion of the joints caused by autoimmune problems).
- Infectious (caused by a bacteria or function that irritates the joints).
- Metabolic (caused by too much uric acid in the body).
How Does Arthritis Surgery Help?
There are two types of arthritis surgeries that can be performed to relieve pain and restore function in the hands: fusion or replacement. With fusion surgery the doctor fuses the joints together so that they are no longer painful. With replacement surgery (also called arthroplasty), an implant is placed to give the patient back a degree of function in the hands and fingers. Your Houston hand surgeon will consult with you to decide which procedure would be most beneficial.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Patients who have been officially diagnosed with arthritis that makes it almost impossible to use their hands are potential candidates for arthritis surgery. Having good overall health is one factor that may improve the chances of a successful procedure, and according to the Arthritis Foundation patients who have “high levels of pre-surgical pain” are ideal candidates. There is also evidence that patients who are non-smokers have better outcomes when getting joint replacement surgery.
Call for a Consultation
If you’ve been struggling with arthritis in the hands for a long time and want a solution that could provide you with much needed relief, schedule a consultation with a doctor at Wilson Hand Surgery in Houston, TX. Call the office at (832) 530-4081 today to set up an appointment.
For more information on arthritic hand and wrist surgery, call our Houston, TX office and (832) 530-4081 to schedule a consultation.