What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a wearing down of the cartilage, or cushion, between bones. This often leads to pain, swelling, and sometimes redness near the joint (space between bones).
How do we treat it?
Arthritis can often be managed without the need for surgery. This is done using a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and special gloves or splints to provide support to the damaged joint. Sometimes, these options are not enough and surgery may be considered.
What is the surgery?
Surgery for arthritis depends on the location of the arthritis. Depending on the joint or part of the hand/wrist involved, surgery can involve removing part or all of a bone, partially or completely removing multiple bones, or fusing (joining) the bones involved, usually with the use of temporary or permanent metal. This is performed as "same-day-surgery" and total time spent in the hospital is typically only a few hours. That way, you can be back in the comfort of your own home quickly.