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David T Sowa, MD
(302) 731-2888
4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd
Newark, DE
Business
First State Orthopaedics PA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Bruce E Katz
(302) 731-2888
4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd
Newark, DE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Ali Kalamchi, MD
(302) 633-9900
550 Stanton Christiana Rd Ste 303
Newark, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1968

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Damian Andrisani, MD
(302) 633-3555
35 Springbrook Ln
Newark, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Randeep Singh Kahlon, MD
(302) 731-2888
4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd Ste 225
Newark, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1993

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Gregory William Masters, MD
4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd
Newark, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1999

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Dr.Bruce Katz
(302) 731-2888
4102 Ogletown Stanton Road #1
Newark, DE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.4, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Alex Bruce Bodenstab, MD
(302) 731-2888
4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd Ste 225
Newark, DE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: First State Orthopaedic

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Dr.Michael Pushkarewicz
(302) 731-2888
4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd # 225
Newark, DE
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Alex Bodenstab
(302) 731-2888
4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd # 225
Newark, DE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.1, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Artificial Joint Replacement of the Thumb

A Patient's Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Thumb

Introduction

If nonsurgical treatments are not successful in easing problems of thumb arthritis, your doctor may recommend replacing the surfaces of the joint. Joint replacement surgery is called arthroplasty.

This guide will help you understand

  • which parts of the thumb are involved
  • how surgeons perform this surgery
  • what to expect before and after surgery

Anatomy

Which parts of the thumb are involved?

The CMC joint (an abbreviation for carpometacarpal joint) of the thumb is where the metacarpal bone of the thumb attaches to the trapezium bone of the wrist. This joint is sometimes referred to as the basal joint of the thumb. The CMC is the joint that allows you to move your thumb into your palm, a motion called opposition.

Several ligaments (bands of strong tissue) hold the joint together. These ligaments join to form the joint capsule of the CMC joint. The joint capsule is a watertight sac around the joint.

The joint surfaces are covered with a material called articular cartilage. This material is the slick, spongy covering that allows one side of a joint to slide against the other joint surface easily. When this material wears out, the joint develops a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis and becomes painful.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Hand Anatomy

Rationale

What does the surgeon hope to achieve?

Arthritic joint surfaces can be a source of stiffness, pain, and swelling. The artificial joint is used to replace the damaged joint surfaces so patients can do their activities with less pain. Unlike a fusion surgery that simply binds the joint together, arthroplasty can help take away pain while allowing the thumb joint to retain movement.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Arthritis of the Thumb

Preparation

How should I prepare for surgery?

The decision to proceed with surgery must be made jointly by you and your surgeon. You need to understand as much about the procedure as possible. If you have concerns or questions, you should talk to your surgeon.

Once you decide on surgery, you need to take several steps. Your surgeon may suggest a complete physical examination by your regular doctor. This exam helps ensure that you are in the best possible condition to undergo the operation.

A second purpose of the preoperative visit is to prepare you for your surgery. You'll begin learning some of the exercises you'll use during your recovery. And your therapist can help you anticipate any special needs or problems you might have at home, once you are released from the hospital.

On the day of your surgery, you will probably be admitted to the hospital early in the morning. You shouldn't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.

Surgical Procedure

What happens during surgery?

Before we describe the procedure, let's look first at the artificial thumb joint itse...

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