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Thomas J Griffin, DDS
(919) 233-0668
208 Ashville Ave Ste 20
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James S Fulghum III, MD
(919) 876-7676
400 Keisler Dr
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1971

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William H Gurley, DDS
(919) 467-2419
1144 Executive Cir
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kelly Wagner Ritter, DDS
(919) 467-2419
1144 Executive Cir
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Derek Reinke
(919) 467-4992
1120 SE Cary Pkwy # 100
Cary, NC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Gary J Dilley, DDS
(919) 467-7249
975 Walnut St Ste 321
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward Raymond Altherr, DDS
(919) 966-4428
1011 W Williams St
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alena Spielberg, DDS
(919) 363-6330
301 southmoor Oaks Ct
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Brian Thomas Szura, MD
(919) 467-4992
1120 SE Cary Pkwy Ste 100
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1985

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Douglas John Martini, MD
(919) 467-4992
1120 SE Cary Pkwy Ste 100
Cary, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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