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Arthroscopy allows the placement of a tiny video camera inside the joint through a small incision (portal) in the skin. Additional portals allow access for other specialized instruments, so that the surgeon may perform the entire surgical procedure while watching on a computer monitor, rather than having to make a traditional incision. Some benefits of this technique when compared to open-incision surgery include less pain, faster recovery, less bleeding, lower risk of infection, and improved cosmetic appearance.
Arthroplasty is the term used to describe the procedure of replacing worn out joint surfaces with a metal and plastic substitute (prosthesis). Arthritis is the most common diagnosis in patients undergoing wrist replacement. The replacement has smooth gliding surfaces, which provide pain relief and improved function. There are different surgical options, including partial and total wrist replacement, and the decision is often based on patient age and desired activity level.
In some situations – such as complex trauma or nerve damage – limb reconstruction may be needed to bring functionality, sensation and/or proper circulation back to the hand and/or wrist. Methodist Bone & Joint Center offers advanced methods of limb reconstruction, and can also help to save a limb that might have otherwise needed an amputation. Our orthopedic surgeons coordinate with plastic surgeons and vascular surgeons on leading-edge limb reconstruction and salvage techniques, including microvascular tissue transplantation, recombinant DNA technology and Ilizarov bone lengthening.