When advanced arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment, surgery may be a good option. Joint replacement surgery is a procedure where a joint damaged by arthritis is removed and replaced by an artificial joint. Joint replacement can help improve your range of motion and restore your ability to use your hand, wrist, or elbow with less pain.
Joint Replacements of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow – MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach
The orthopaedic surgeons at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital have unique expertise in the most advanced surgical procedures for joint replacements. We perform about 1,000 hand surgeries each year, including the most complex cases often referred to us from around the region. All of our surgeons have completed specialized fellowship training in hand surgery and care exclusively for conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.
We also spend time with you and your family explaining your condition and answering all of your questions and concerns. No matter how complex your condition, we are never afraid to think innovatively about the best way to address it. Together with you, we will develop a treatment plan that will not only be effective, but that will feel right for your life.
Joint Replacement of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow Recovery
Recovery from joint replacement surgery generally requires that you keep your hand, wrist, or elbow from moving by wearing a splint or cast for a few weeks. After this initial period of healing, you can begin physical therapy to rebuild strength and range of motion. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the specifics of your recovery with you prior to your procedure.