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G. Michael Elkanich, M.D.
(702) 474-7200
2020 Palomino Lane
Las Vegas, NV
Business
Bone & Joint Specialists
Specialties
Orthopedics, Degenerative Spinal Conditions
Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Fusion
Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Diskectomy
Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Decompression
Total Disk Replacement - Cervical & Lumbar
Endoscopic Spinal Fusion
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Insurance
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Valley Medical Center
Residency Training: Stanford University Hosptial & Clinics
Medical School: University Of Arizona College of Medicine, 1997
Additional Information
Member Organizations: North American Spine Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
State Medical Society
State Orthopaedic Society

Awards: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Board Certified
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Chinese

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Gerald Mark Sylvain, MD
(702) 388-1008
3100 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1991

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Chester W Eskey, MD FACS
(702) 387-7807
1650 Waldman Ave
Las Vegas, NV
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson
Graduation Year: 1949

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Mark Jesse Saylor, DDS
(702) 870-1350
1350 S Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Ascar Egtedar, MD
(702) 878-9444
2601 W Charleston Blvd Ste A
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Archie C Perry, MD
(701) 731-1616
2800 E Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV
Business
Desert Orthopaedic Center
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Himansu R Shah
(702) 671-5110
1707 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Kayvan Taghipour-Khiabani
(702) 671-5110
1707 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialty
Hand Surgery

Data Provided By:
Chester W Eskey, MD
(702) 731-1616
1650 Waldman Ave
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ascar Eghtedar, MD
(702) 878-9444
2601 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1959

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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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