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Arthritis

Conditions

  • Arthritis of The Hand

    Arthritis of The Hand

    Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of joints. There are several types of arthritis and the most common type is osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis.

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  • Arthritis of The Wrist

    Arthritis of The Wrist

    Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of joints. There are several types of arthritis and the most common type is osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis.

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  • Arthritis of The Elbow

    Although the elbows are not weight-bearing joints, they are most important for the functioning of the upper limbs.

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  • Arthritis of The Shoulder

    The term arthritis literally means inflammation of a joint, but is generally used to describe any condition in which there is damage to the cartilage.

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  • Gout and Pseudogout

    Gout is a very common, painful form of arthritis which causes swelling, redness and stiffness of the joints. Gout is caused by increased levels of uric acid in the tissues and blood from abnormal metabolism.

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  • Osteoarthritis

    Arthritis or joint inflammation can affect the bones and joints in the hand. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis where inflammation is produced as cartilage at the joint surface wears away or is injured.

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. It affects the lining of joints resulting in pain, swelling, bone loss and deformity and can affect other tissues as well.

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  • Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an autoimmune disease that includes both psoriasis and a related form of arthritis. It is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes pain...

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  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    SLE is a chronic auto-immune disorder affecting mainly joints, kidneys and skin. It is seen more often in young adult population and is more likely to occur in women than men.

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  • Infectious Arthritis

    Infectious arthritis is a condition in which a joint becomes inflamed due to infection. The infection is commonly caused by bacteria and spreads from another part of the body through the bloodstream.

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  • Post Traumatic Arthritis

    Post-traumatic arthritis is inflammation of the joint that occurs due to cartilage loss following an injury to the joint. The injury changes the joint structure and mechanics causing cartilage to wear off more quickly.

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing Spondylitis

    The term ankylosis refers to loss of mobility of the spine, whereas spondylitis means inflammation of the spine.

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  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the joint becomes inflamed and arthritic in children and adolescents below the age of 16.

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  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    Polymyalgia Rheumatica is a rheumatic disorder characterized by pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joints.

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  • SNAC Wrist

    The scaphoid is a small bone in the wrist which is commonly fractured. Chronic nonunion of a scaphoid fracture can lead to arthritis and collapse of the wrist joints (scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse) characterized by tenderness, stiffness and weakness.

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  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic disorder characterized by widespread body pain that affects individuals physiologically, mentally and socially.

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  • Polymyositis

    Polymyositis is a rare connective tissue disorder that causes inflammation and weakness of muscles.

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  • SLAC Wrist

    The scaphoid and lunate are two small adjacent bones in the wrist which are held together by a ligament called the scapholunate ligament. Injury to this ligament can lead to instability causing arthritis and collapse of the wrist joints (scapholunate advanced collapse) characterized by pain, stiffness and weakness.

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Procedures

  • Minimally Invasive Treatment for Arthritis

    Surgical treatment for arthritis includes repairing areas of damaged cartilage or replacing the articular surfaces of the joint. These procedures can often be performed in a minimally invasive manner using small incisions, a miniature camera and special instruments.

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  • Injections

    Injections are recommended if conservative treatments fail to manage arthritis and you do not wish to have surgery. They may contain corticosteroids to relieve inflammation, anesthetics to manage pain and hyaluronic acid injections to improve lubrication. Excess fluid from a swollen joint may be removed with a needle to ease symptoms.

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  • Joint Replacement Surgery

    Wrist joint Replacement
    Elbow joint Replacement
    Shoulder Joint Replacement

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  • MCP Arthroscopy for Arthritis

    The metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints are the knuckle joints between the hand and the fingers. Surgery for arthritis at these joints usually requires an open incision for proper access. However, arthroscopy offers good visualization and has better cosmetic results and may be indicated for assessment and treatment of arthritis in certain cases.

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  • Elbow Arthroscopy

     Elbow Arthroscopy

    Elbow arthroscopy, also referred to as keyhole or minimally invasive surgery, is performed through tiny incisions to evaluate and treat several elbow conditions.

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  • Shoulder Arthroscopy

    Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical procedure performed for joint problems. Shoulder arthroscopy is performed using a pencil-sized instrument called an Arthroscope.

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  • Elbow Interposition Arthroplasty

    Shoulder Arthroscopy

    Elbow interposition arthroplasty is a procedure to relieve pain due to arthritis at the elbow. It involves obtaining a piece of soft tissue (tendon or fascia) from another part of your body and placing it between the damaged articular surfaces to reduce pain with movement.

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  • DIP, PIP, MCP, Wrist Arthrodesis

    Arthrodesis is a procedure to fuse joints which are painful due to arthritis and have not responded to conservative treatments. Fusion reduces movement between the bones thereby controlling pain and may be used to treat arthritis involving the fingers, hand and wrist bones.

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  • PIP and MCP Joint Arthroplasty

    Arthroplasty is surgery to replace the damaged joint with artificial implants. Advances in implant design and technology have made it possible to treat small joints of the hand such as the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint and the metacarpophalangeal (MCP).

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  • Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic CMC Arthroplasty

    The carpometacarpal (CMC) joints are present where the bones in the hand meet the wrist bones. Advanced arthritis of the CMC joints, especially the thumb joint, may be treated by arthroplasty which is removal of part of the joint and placement of a tendon graft or an artificial implant. This procedure may be performed in a minimally invasive manner using an instrument called an arthroscope.

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  • Partial Wrist Fusion

    Arthrodesis is the surgical immobilization of a joint by the fusion of the adjacent bones.

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  • Radial Head Replacement and Resections

    The elbow joint is formed by the junction of the humerus (upper arm bone), and radius and ulna (forearm bones). The radius is the shorter of the two forearm bones and can be divided into the head, neck and body.

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  • CMC Arthroscopy for Arthritis

    The carpometacarpal joints are the joints between the bones in the hand and the wrist. Arthroscopy may be indicated for the assessment and repair of damaged joint structures due to arthritis as it offers good visualization, minimal soft tissue disturbance and good cosmetic results.

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  • Arthroscopic Synovectomy

    Joint synovectomy is the surgical removal of the synovial membrane, the tissue that lines the joint capsule.

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  • Reveres Total Shoulder Replacement

    Reveres Total Shoulder Replacement

    Reverse total shoulder replacement, is an advanced surgical technique specifically designed for rotator cuff tear arthropathy, a condition where the patient suffers from both shoulder arthritis and a rotator cuff tear.

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  • The American Board of  Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh  Medical Center
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery: AAHS
  • Alpha Omega Alpha