Wrist Replacement Can Ease Pain Of Arthritis Sufferers
04/25/2013

Joint replacement Glasgow typically refers to the replacement of the knee or hip joint but recent studies and cases have shown that a replacement wrist, although technically difficult to perform

Online PR News – 25-April-2013 – Scotland – Joint replacement Glasgow typically refers to the replacement of the knee or hip joint but recent studies and cases have shown that a replacement wrist, although technically difficult to perform, can provide exceptional relief to patients that suffer from pain caused by arthritis, gout, and other diseases. There are, essentially, two different forms of wrist joint replacement and while one concentrates on the removal of pain at the expense of some freedom of movement, the other aims to give complete freedom of movement back to the patient.

Sufferers of certain illnesses, including gout and osteo-arthritism, can suffer severe pain in virtually any joint and while replacements tend to concentrate on the knee and hip predominantly, there are growing cases where replacement of the wrist is becoming a viable alternative. Studies show that work is required to perfect the replacements before they are adopted on a mainstream basis but that pain relief and the return of movement to the affected joints mean that the procedure will become more prevalent in future years.

TWF, or Total Wrist Fusion, is currently the preferred option. It has been used for a number of years because it does not require as much bone resection as alternative methods. This means that the potential for complications is reduced and even removed. However, there are limitations to this form of joint replacement Glasgow patients may experience. Pain suffered by the patient prior to the replacement should be gone but the patient may suffer declined use of their wrist.

One alternative to TWF is Total Wrist Replacement or TWR. This is considered a much riskier and more difficult operation. It requires more bone resection and short term trials and studies have shown what can be described as mixed results at best. Recent developments have improved on the situation with fewer instances of implants loosening and small bone perforations all but eradicated with the latest operations. However, the fact that TWR provides greater motor function and functionality from the effected hand means that doctors and surgeons want more research and greater developments for this process.

Wrist surgery is very complex and, according to research undertaken by GlobalData, orthopaedic surgeons want more training in this area so that they can successfully provide the operation to patients that need it. Wrist replacements, and other joint replacement glasgow surgery, are of the greatest benefit to those that suffer from degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis but other conditions can be treated equally effectively by replacing a joint.

Joint replacement can take a lot of recovery time, and the patient will be required to undergo extensive physiotherapy to enjoy the greatest results and to see their movement return to normal after the procedure. However, it can prove highly effective in combating joint pain caused by more serious diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and it can bring relief that patients never thought they would experience. Wrist replacement looks likely to be the next major area of research, study, and development in joint replacement Glasgow.