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David W Lee, DMD
(541) 926-4010
1040 29th Ave Sw
Albany, OR
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Stephen Roy Newman
(541) 928-5851
950 29th Ave Sw
Albany, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Stephen Roy Newman, MD
950 29th Ave SW
Albany, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1989

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Divya Singh, MD
950 29Th Ae Sw
Albany, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1994

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Todd Jay Lewis, MD
(541) 757-9021
2211 NW Professional Dr
Corvallis, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1978

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Dean H Church, DDS
(541) 757-9006
2420 NW Professional Dr Ste 150
Albany, OR
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kenneth Clair Anderson, MD
(541) 967-0075
228 5th Ave SW
Albany, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1962

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Rick Dean Stanley, MD
(541) 928-5851
950 29th Ave SW
Albany, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1971

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Ronald Dean Wobig, MD
(541) 757-9021
1122 NE 2nd St
Corvallis, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Hosp, Corvallis, Or
Group Practice: Specialty Physicians & Surgeons Of Corvallis

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Richard Vincent Cronk, MD
(541) 758-0706
4194 NW Boxwood Dr
Corvallis, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1965

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Artificial Joint Replacement of the Wrist

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

Introduction

The wrist joint is replaced with an artificial joint (also called a prosthesis) much less often than other joints in the body, such as the knee or the hip. Still, when necessary, this operation can effectively relieve the pain caused by wrist arthritis. When severe arthritis has destroyed the wrist joint, artificial wrist replacement surgery (also called wrist arthroplasty) can help restore wrist strength and motion for many patients.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the wrist is constructed
  • what parts of the wrist are replaced
  • what to expect after surgery

Anatomy

What parts of the wrist are involved?

The anatomy of the wrist joint is extremely complex, probably the most complex of all the joints in the body. The wrist joint is actually made up of many joints and many bones. These joints and bones let us use our hands in many ways. The wrist must be extremely mobile to give our hands a full range of motion. At the same time, the wrist must provide the strength for heavy gripping.

The wrist is made up of eight separate small bones, called the carpal bones. The carpal bones connect the two bones of the forearm, the radius and the ulna, to the bones of the hand. The metacarpal bones are the long bones that lie mostly underneath the palm. The metacarpals are in turn attached to the phalanges (the bones in the fingers and thumb).

One reason that the wrist is so complex is that every small bone forms a joint with the bone next to it. This means many small joints make up the wrist joint. Ligaments connect all the small bones to each other, and to the radius, ulna, and metacarpal bones.

Articular cartilage is the smooth, rubbery material that covers the bone surfaces in most joints. It protects the bone ends from friction when they rub together as the joint moves. Articular cartilage also acts sort of like a shock absorber. Damage to the articular cartilage eventually leads to degenerative arthritis.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Wrist Joint

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Wrist Anatomy

Rationale

What conditions lead to wrist joint replacement?

The main reason for replacing any arthritic joint with an artificial joint is to stop the bones from rubbing against each other. This rubbing causes pain. Replacing the painful arthritic joint with an artificial joint gives the joint a new surface, which lets it move smoothly without causing pain.

Many operations are used to treat problems in the wrist. A fusion surgery can get rid of pain and restore strength in badly degenerated wrist joints. Fusion surgeries make the wrist strong again, but they greatly reduce the wrist's range of motion. This makes fusion surgery a poor choice for some people.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Wrist Fusion

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