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Surgery and Arthritis - Surgical Treatments - Orthopedic Procedures

Information, articles and resources on surgery and arthritis. Learn more about the various surgical treatments and orthopedic procedures.
  1. A - Z: Joint Pain
  2. A - Z: Treatments
  3. Hip & Other Bone Fractures (24)
  4. Joint Replacement Surgery (20)
  5. Joint Replacements: Hip (27)
  6. Joint Replacements: Knee (22)
  7. Joint Surgery (12)
  8. Occupational Therapy
  9. Physical Therapy
  10. Sports Injury and Arthritis (78)
  11. Steroid Shots
  12. Viscosupplementation
  13. Where Does it Hurt?

Types Of Joint Surgery - Test Your Knowledge
There are several types of joint surgery. It's important to understand the terminology in case your doctor ever presents surgery as a treatment option for you. Do you know the various types of joint surgery?

Joint Replacement Screening Quiz - When Is It The Right Time?
When is it the right time to have a joint replacement? It is a complicated question for people with arthritis, living with intractable joint pain. There are important things to consider while making the decision with your doctor or surgeon.

The Long Wait For Surgery
Productive and constructive things you can do while you wait for your scheduled surgery date.

20 Tips To Help You Prepare For Surgery
Tips for mentally and physically preparing for surgery.

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

Carol's Hip Replacement Diary
Pre-op and post-op thoughts of Carol Eustice as she goes through a revision hip replacement.

What Is Arthrodesis?
Arthrodesis is a surgical procedure which fuses the ends of bones in a joint.

Too Young For Joint Replacement?
In the case of younger arthritis patients the benefits and risks of surgery must be carefully deliberated.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Prevention Vs. Surgery?
Treatment approaches for carpal tunnel syndrome include splinting and surgery.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Step-By-Step
Surgery is used after conservative treatments fail for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Synvisc Injections May Delay Knee Surgery
Synvisc appears effective against pain in some patients with osteoarthritis of the knees and may delay the need for replacement surgery.

Sports Injury Guide - The Common Types of Sports Injuries
Learn more about the common types of sports injuries.

Knee arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy is a surgery in which a small camera is attached to a video monitor and is used to examine or repair tissues inside the knee joint with special instruments.

How To Prevent Surgical Infections
Prevention is the key to management of surgical infections. While the risk of developing a post-surgical infection is small, the consequences can be devastating.

ACL reconstruction
ACL reconstruction is surgery to replace the ligament in the center of the knee (the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL) with a new ligament.

When Does A Partial ACL Tear Require Surgery?
ACL injuries can either be complete or partial. When there is a partial ACL tear, a difficult decision about surgery needs to be made.

Knee joint replacement - Knee arthroplasty
Knee joint replacement is surgery to replace a painful damaged or diseased knee joint with an artificial joint (prosthesis).

Hip joint replacement - Hip arthroplasty
This surgery is performed to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device (a prosthesis).

Bone Graft
A bone graft is surgery to place new bone into spaces between or around broken bone (fractures) or holes (defects) in bone. New bone to be grafted around fractures or defects can be taken from the patient's own healthy bone (autograft) or from frozen, donated bone (allograft).

Spinal fusion
Spinal fusion involves surgical treatment of abnormalities in the spine bones (vertebrae), such as abnormal curvatures (scoliosis or kyphosis) or injuries (fractures). The surgery stabilizes the back by fusing certain vertebrae together with bone grafts or metal rods.

Tendon repair
Tendon repair is surgical repair of damaged or torn tendons.

Keloids are an overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of a skin injury. Keloids occur from such skin injuries as surgical incisions, traumatic wounds, vaccination sites, burns, chickenpox, acne, or even minor scratches. They are fairly common in young women and African Americans. Keloidosis is a term used when multiple or repeated keloids are produced.

Keloid above the ear (Image)
Keloids are overgrowths of scar tissue that follow skin injuries. Keloids may appear after such minor trauma as ear piercing. Dark skinned individuals tend to form keloids more readily than lighter skinned individuals.

Keloid, on the foot (Image)
A keloid is a type of exaggerated (hypertrophic) scar that usually appears following an obvious injury. Keloids may expand beyond the margin of the scar to include normal skin.

Bunion removal
Bunion removal is the surgical treatment of a deformity of the bones of the big toe and foot (bunion).

What is a prosthesis?
A prosthesis is a device designed to replace a missing part of the body or to make a part of the body work better.

Traction uses weights and pulleys to put tension on a displaced bone or joint, such as a dislocated hip, to realign the bone and immobilize it.

Bone fracture repairs
Bone fracture repairs are surgical procedures to realign and stabilize broken bones (fractures) with plates, nails, screws, or pins. Bone grafts may be used to allow for proper healing or to speed the healing process.

Shoulder arthroscopy
Shoulder arthroscopy is a type of surgery to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint.

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