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Arthritis Surgery: What You Should Know

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Arthritis can be a debilitating condition that can cause chronic pain and stiffness, and will generally get worse over time. Fortunately, you and your doctor can discuss different treatment options to deal with your arthritis to help control the pain and other issues it presents. With rest and medication, it can help to deal with the pain. However, it doesnt actually do anything to remove the pain – it merely masks it. In some cases, the doctor may recommend arthritis surgery to help you. Joint surgery on the hands, elbow, and wrist could help to reduce your pain and to return more of your mobility.

Is Surgery Right for You?

Not all patients are good candidates for surgery, so this is something you will need to talk with your doctor about. They want to make sure you are healthy enough for surgery, and that the surgery will actually be able to help you. You and your doctor will also want to discuss other treatment options that are available.

If both of you decide that surgery is the best choice, the doctor will explain the procedure. There are different types of surgery for arthritis. In some cases, the doctors will use fusion techniques, which will fuse the joint, which can relieve the pain, although it may limit some of the mobility. They may also use arthroscopic surgery to remove some of the debris around the joints, which can reduce pain. In severe cases, they may consider replacing all or part of a joint.

Have the doctor explain the surgery, along with the pros, cons, and the risks. Make sure you also understand the recovery time and what types of therapy you will have to do. You can then decide whether you want to proceed and have the surgery.

Getting Ready for the Surgery

As mentioned, you need to be healthy enough to have surgery. Make sure that you and your doctor consider all of your other health issues first. The doctor may want you to change your dietary habits, quit smoking, and to eliminate unhealthy behavior before the surgery to ensure a better healing rate. They will also want to know what medications you are on so that you arent taking anything that could interfere with the procedure, and so you arent taking any conflicting medications after the surgery.

Ask About Follow-Ups

The surgeon will want to see you several times after the surgery to make sure you are healing properly and that the surgery was successful. Make sure you understand the follow-up schedule. Also, make sure you have a way to contact the doctor in case you have any complications after the surgery.

Choosing to have arthritis surgery is a big step, and it is not something that you can take lightly. Make sure you ask your hand surgeon as many questions as you have, and be sure that you really are ready to have this type of surgery. It can be beneficial, as it can relieve a lot of your pain and stiffness, but you still have to make the decision on your own of whether you want to go through with the surgery.

Contact us at one of our hand and wrist surgery offices in West Bloomfield, Howell, Warren, or Macomb to get in touch with a medical professional.


Getting Surgery For Arthritis – Arora Hand Surgery

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With so many people afflicted with arthritis, the need for this condition to become better understood has been a goal of many doctors. With the wearing away of cartilage and bone and heavy amounts of inflammation setting in, arthritis becomes a serious problem that causes real pain. Sometimes surgery is the best option for relieving the pain. Other options do exist depending on your individual case.

The Non-surgical Route

Through the use of splints, heat or cooling treatments and rest, you may be able to reduce the bulk of your symptoms with arthritis. Special medication may also be of benefit. With special exercises prescribed by an occupational therapist, you can relieve many arthritis symptoms without going through surgery. Different patients have different needs and levels of activity. A doctor can develop a plan of treatment tailored to your specific needs. When you are working with Dr. Arora, rest assured that ALL options will be tried before surgery becomes a consideration.

Potential Benefits of Surgery

Surgery does help in many cases. Any arthritis that impacts your hand or even any part of your arm can have an impact on your overall quality of life. Pain on a regular basis indicates inflammation. Inflammation causes the in immune system to remain on full alert. The relief of pain means an improved quality life and better overall health since constant pain has adverse effects on mental and emotional well-being. Reducing pain itself may clear up many issues your body experiences in compensating for the arthritis inflammation.

Another benefit you may derive from surgery comes as more aesthetically pleasing joints. If your joints have suffered from arthritis for a time, they may become deformed. Restoring the joints to full functionality may also offer healthier normal looking joints, which many people consider a boost to their self-esteem.

Making the Choice

Speak to your Hand surgeon about the potential of surgery. A recovery process may temporarily hinder your ability to work and do many of your regular daily functions. Realize this when you make the decision for surgery and plan for your healing time. Take the necessary time to understand precisely what your surgery will entail before you make a call.

Stop by Dr. Avery Aroras office and visit with the staff. They can direct you to their many patient resources and answer any questions you have.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

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Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

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