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Satnam S Bedi, DMD
(813) 780-1403
6153 Fort King Rd
Zephyrhills, FL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Randolph Arthur Knight, MD
(813) 782-5543
38022 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: East Pasco Med Ctr, Zephyrhills, Fl

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Ben Lee Chiang, MD
(352) 567-1367
13020 Fort King Rd
Dade City, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1972

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James M Wallquist, MD
(561) 998-3796
12945 Grand Traverse Dr
Dade City, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard F Fellrath Jr, MD
813-972-2000 x7578
16057 Tampa Palms Blvd W # 163
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok; Deaconess Hosp, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Orthopedic Associates

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Randolph A Knight
(813) 782-5543
38022 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Alan Marc Lazar, MD
(954) 476-9494
350 North West 84th Avenue South
Crystal Springs, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Westside Reg Med Ctr, Plantation, Fl; University Pavilion Hospital, Tamarac, Fl
Group Practice: Park Place Therapeutic Ctr

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Ben L Chiang
(352) 567-1367
13020 Fort King Rd
Dade City, FL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Scott Bennett Schneider, MD
(813) 787-4575
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1999

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Matthew S Johnson, DDS
(813) 964-0828
8903 Regents Park Dr Ste 150
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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