Joint Injuries and Replacement
Joint injuries to the hand and upper extremity are very common. They often involve bones, cartilage, joint capsule, ligaments and supporting soft tissues. The goals of diagnosis and treatment are the maximum restoration of motion, stability and strength with minimum residual pain. In severe cases, artificial joint replacement is necessary, using silicone prosthetic joints.
Accidental amputation is a true medical emergency in which time is of the utmost importance. Though some dismemberments will not qualify for reattachment, any severed body part must be immediately chilled in ice water. Both patient and amputated part are transported to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment. Hand Surgery Centre specialists are both skilled and experienced in micro-surgical reattachment.
These types of lacerations are most commonly the result of home or workplace injuries. Many are relatively minor in nature. Others however, may affect underlying structures such as tendons, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments or joints. Our qualified hand surgeons carefully assess hand, wrist and forearm lacerations with a keen eye toward possible secondary injuries, to underlying structures which may call for more extensive surgical repairs.
Injuries that require amputation mostly involve fingers, thumb, hand, wrist or forearm. Depending on the severity and scope of the injury, relatively minimal reconstructive surgery may be necessary and can be quite successful in the emergency room or physician’s office. Amputations of a major nature usually require extensive treatment involving bones, joints, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Treatment is best in a hospital operating room by one of the Hand Surgery Centre’s qualified specialists.