Arthritis Conditions

Patients with arthritis of the hand, wrist or elbow benefit from the specialized training of our Dallas hand surgeon, Dr. Thomas DiLiberti

When you have arthritis, the cartilage in the joints becomes thinner. This can cause pain and mobility issues, as well as bone spurs, or osteophytes. Patients with arthritis in their thumbs, hands, wrists or elbows need the expert care of a Dallas hand surgeon who is specially trained to diagnose and treat these complex areas of the body.

Arthritis symptoms

Arthritis causes pain, stiffness and weakness. It can make it difficult to do everyday tasks like opening jars and doors or writing. It can also cause a burning sensation. As arthritis progresses, joints in the fingers may become deformed due to weakened tissues and ligaments. As cartilage thins or wears away, patients may experience a bone-on-bone feeling of grinding.

If the joint becomes damaged, it may become inflamed or red. Some people also develop bone spurs. Clearly, arthritis can cause a myriad of problems, such as basal thumb arthritis, finger joint arthritis and wrist arthritis, best treated by a hand specialist like our Dallas hand surgeon.

Arthroscopic surgery

Dr. DiLiberti may recommend surgery as both a diagnostic and treatment method for some patients with arthritis. During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. DiLiberti makes a small incision and inserts a narrow instrument with a camera and a light attached that allows him to see inside the joint. Sometimes, in addition to using arthroscopic surgery to make an accurate diagnosis, the procedure is used to treat the problem. Our Dallas hand surgeon performs this procedure on an out-patient basis at our on-campus surgical campus.

Thumb CMC jojnt (basilar thumb joint) arthritis

Arthritis at the base of the thumb, or the CMC joint, is one of the most common types of arthritis in the hand which causes pain, weakness, and dysfunction.  Over time, pinching and gripping places stress at the base of the thumb, causing arthritis to develop.  Dr. DiLiberti may treat this with education, bracing, medication, therapy and injections.  Occasionally, surgery is recommended for this condition.  Dr. DiLiberti uses minimally invasive techniques that can be performed in day surgery to treat this condition.

Joint replacement surgery

Occasionally a patient does not respond to non-surgical treatment, and Dr. DiLiberti may suggest joint replacement surgery. During this surgery, the damaged joint is surgically replaced with a prosthetic joint that will restore movement and function and reduce pain. Joint replacement surgery is performed in a hospital, and you will be required to participate in physical therapy in order to make a full recovery.

Joint fusion surgery

Patients sometimes need to have a joint fusion so that the bones will grow together, eliminating the pain caused by arthritic bones that are rubbing together due to a lack of cartilage. Joint fusion surgery in the wrist requires the expertise of a fellowship trained Dallas hand surgeon.

This operation does not involve the usual two bones, but, instead, it involves 12 or 13 bones, making it a complex surgery that requires special training.

Our Dallas hand surgeon will develop a treatment plan to help you with the pain and problems of arthritis

Arthritis can cause severe pain and problems with mobility, so contact us to learn how our Dallas hand surgeon can treat your arthritis and help improve the quality of your life.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis often wake up with stiff and swollen joints.