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Stanley James Bigos, MD
(206) 548-4288
100 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1975

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Daniel W Wilson, MD
(207) 885-0011
11 Indian Woods Rd
Scarborough, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Colombo, Fac Of Med, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Graduation Year: 1950

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Dr.Ann Babbitt
(207) 828-1133
800 Main St # 3
South Portland, ME
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Susan M Mosier La Clair, MD
254 Western Ave
S Portland, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dennis John Sullivan, MD
(207) 774-4523
100 Foden Rd Ste 307
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1978

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Robert B Keller
(207) 885-4479
49 Spring St
Scarborough, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Samuel Spencer Scott, MD
(207) 773-9729
100 Foden Rd Ste 307
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1982

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Samuel Spencer Scott
(207) 773-9729
100 Foden Rd. W, Ste 307
South Portland, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Donald Geo Belliveau, MD
(207) 284-5946
468 Boom Rd
Saco, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1956

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Ann Margaret Babbitt, MD
(207) 828-1133
800 Main St
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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