Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Is Shoulder Resurfacing Right For Me?

If you have been suffering from arthritis of the shoulder, you know how much the pain and stiffness can limit your daily tasks. But weakness, grinding, and discomfort don’t have to be part of your routine anymore. With shoulder resurfacing as an alternative to total shoulder replacement, you can get your life back, faster than ever before.


Shoulder resurfacing is a more conservation procedure, making it ideal for patients with shoulder issues who are not yet in need of a full replacement but want to return to full function. Instead of surgically cutting and removing two separate bones, as is done in full shoulder replacement, only the humeral head of the shoulder is replaced with metal.4209110_l


Only a surgeon can determine if you qualify for resurfacing rather than a replacement. But, usually, patients who have resurfacing suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, rotator cuff disease/injury, or post-trauma arthritis. If you are ready to take the next step, request an appointment with us today.


Unlike a full replacement, shoulder resurfacing is a less traumatic surgery to your body, and has no risk of fracture at the top of the prosthesis. Resurfacing restores the normal anatomy of the shoulder, and can be done even if the bone is deformed from an accident or injury.  The recovery is shorter, with no risk of fat embolism from surgery, and less pain.  Should there be a need, resurfacing is easily revised to a full replacement.


The benefits are clear, but every surgical procedure carries its own risks. However, with an experienced surgeon and follow-up physical therapy, most patients experience the cessation of pain and a full recovery to functionality that can last for many years.  Shoulder arthritis does not diminish over time; it worsens. Before you find yourself unable to do the things you enjoy, consider whether shoulder resurfacing might be the right solution to your shoulder pain and weakness.




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The Ins and Outs of Finger Joint Replacement

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If you’ve been experiencing pain from arthritis in the knuckles of your fingers, and nonsurgical treatments have not reduced your pain, your doctor may recommend Finger Arthroplasty. Although the name sounds a bit intimidating, finger joint replacement is a safe procedure that has excellent results for most patients. Today, we’re going to look at what finger joint replacement entails, what recovery is like, as well as the level of permanent results you can expect.


Finger joint replacement isn’t actually as invasive as it may sound. Arthritis in the knuckles is usually a result of excessive wear and tear on the articular cartilage that cushions the ends of the finger bones. When the articular cartilage wears out, the bones slide against each other and can cause extreme pain. In a finger joint replacement, surgeons use plastic silicon implants in place of the degraded natural tissue. This silicon has a long lifespan and is much less subject to erosion from use, making it an ideal candidate to provide long lasting relief.44448133_ml


Because finger joint replacement is a well-researched and studied procedure, surgeons are extremely experienced in performing it and can use either general anesthesia (where you are completely asleep) or local anesthesia (where you will remain awake but feel no pain or discomfort). Any procedure involving any level of anesthesia can have complications; so if you’ve had any issues in the past with anesthesia, or have issues with your breathing, let your doctor know well before your surgery. No surgeon can guarantee any specific result, and every surgery carries risks. Finger joint replacement can result in infection, nerve damage, or failure of the prosthesis. However, these risks are extremely low provided you choose a reputable surgeon and follow his or her instructions carefully.


After surgery, your hand will be in either a splint or a cast for about three weeks. Immediately after surgery, you may experience some discomfort that you may choose to control with pain medication. To avoid swelling or throbbing, your doctor will advise you to keep your hand elevated for the first three to five days. Once your finger is healing well, you will progress to rehabilitation. Ultimately, most patients have a return to full function with no lasting pain or stiffness. If you’re ready to move forward and regain pain-free use of your fingers, contact us today to request an appointment!

Limited mobility and chronic pain from damaged joints is a tragedy that affects more than just one person — it robs families, loved ones, and communities of so much you have to offer. The specialists at the Advanced Joint Replacement Institute want to help you get back on your feet and out in the world. Our team has the experience, skills, and technology to replace joints using minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery time, less pain, and less scarring.