Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of one or more joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and difficulty in movement. While many non-surgical treatment options exist under conservative management of arthritis, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to manage the condition.
Our department uses both the conservative as well as the surgical approach for the management of arthritis depending upon the condition of the patient. This is because not all patients with arthritis require surgery, and conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes should be considered first. Our doctors help patient determine the best course of treatment for specific type and severity of arthritis.
Conservative arthritis management. Exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, and medication are all part of our conservative approach of arthritis management.We try to provide relief from pain and improve mobility of joints by encouraging healthy lifestyle habits and using physical therapy and medications to reduce inflammation.
Surgical intervention may also be necessary in more severe cases.
Surgical management of arthritis is done in severity of cases which involves joint replacement or arthroscopy. In addition, orthopedists may use braces or splints to reduce stress on the joint, as well as physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. Surgical management of arthritis can reduce pain, improve mobility, and help manage the chronic condition
Here are some of the surgical management options for arthritis we provide to our patients:
1. Joint replacement surgery: The affected joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic.It is commonly performed on the hip, knee, and shoulder joints.
2. Arthroscopy: It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure involves inserting a thin tube with a camera and surgical instruments into the joint to remove damaged tissue, bone spurs, or cartilage.
3. Joint fusion: It involves fusing the affected joint bones together to reduce movement and relieve pain. It is performed on small joints such as the wrist, ankle, and fingers.
4. Osteotomy: This procedure involves cutting and reshaping the bone to improve alignment and reduce pressure on the affected joint. Osteotomy is typically performed on the knee joint.
6. Synovectomy: This procedure involves removing the synovial lining of the joint to reduce inflammation and pain. It is typically performed on the knee, elbow, or wrist joints.