Identified as inflammation in the joints, arthritis may affect various areas of the body, but most often, it begins in the hands and wrists. The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis (when the cartilage in the hands begins to break down) and rheumatoid arthritis (affects the joint’s lining). As well as swelling, arthritis may also cause pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility. Though less invasive treatments may be able to treat some symptoms of arthritis, board-certified surgeon Dr. Steven Gordon is able to perform surgical procedures to effectively care for the affected joints, allowing for increased range of motion. If you suspect that you may have arthritis or have already been diagnosed, we invite you to contact Gordon Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX to learn more about how Dr. Gordon can help you.
Before recommending a surgical procedure, Dr. Gordon will typically suggest a more conservative approach, such as medications, steroid injections, or occupational therapy. However, if none of these less invasive treatments are effective in eliminating pain and inflammation, then surgery could be your best option. In order to treat the affected joints in the hands and wrists, there are three main types of surgical procedures, including:
- Joint resurfacing: Typically performed through small incisions just over the joint, this procedure entails removing abnormal bone formations to help decrease pain or cyst formation.
- Joint replacement: Though it is most often used for the hips and knees, joint replacement may also be useful for the hands, depending on the location of the affected joint. During this procedure, an artificial joint is used to replace the damaged one.
- Joint fusion: Most commonly used on smaller joints, such as those at the fingertips and thumb, joint fusion welds together the bones that create the aching joint in order to create one solid unit.
During a thorough consultation, Dr. Gordon will use diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan, to gain a better visual of your affected joints. He can then create an accurate treatment plan in order to ensure your best results.
Arthritis of the Hands/Wrists Reviews
"Dr. Gordon and staff are always courteous, respectful, efficient and professional. Dr. Gordon really listens and takes his time to cover everything. I received a steroid injection on this visit and he went the extra mile to make sure it was the least pain possible by looking at wrist X-ray first, taking his time to find the joint space, applying the anesthetic first then the steroid...this really cut down on the pain and i greatly appreciated it. He also numbed the area first with a topical spray. Ive had injections in this joint before (with other docs) and it is always excruciatingly painful. Dr. Gordon really went the extra step to help decrease that pain."- J.L. / Office Visit / Jan 28, 2019
What to Expect
Following your procedure at Gordon Plastic Surgery, our team will let you know what you can expect throughout your recovery. You will also need to attend follow-up appointments to have your progress monitored. Additionally, Dr. Gordon may recommend that you undergo occupational therapy to regain strength and mobility in your treated joints. We encourage you to contact our facility if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery process.
At Gordon Plastic Surgery, the goal of Dr. Gordon and his team is to help you experience relief from painful symptoms and be able to live a more comfortable life. With advanced procedures to treat arthritis, Dr. Gordon can effectively reduce inflammation and restore the mobility in your hands or wrists. Contact us in The Woodlands, TX to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.