Arthritis Surgery in Dallas, TX
Arthritis can make performing everyday tasks extremely difficult and can severely limit mobility. When this condition does not respond well to conventional treatment, arthritis surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles A. Wallace of Charles A. Wallace, MD could be needed. Arthritis surgery can improve mobility and provide a better quality of life to patients throughout the Plano and Frisco areas.
What is Arthritis Surgery?
Arthritis surgery can refer to any one of a number of procedures designed to improve joints that have been fully or partially damaged due to this disease. A few of the most common types of arthritis surgery include:
- Arthroscopy – which involves making tiny incisions so that a very small camera can be inserted, allowing the surgeon to repair minor soft tissue tears.
- Fusion – which requires adding pins, rods or other similar hardware to stabilize bone and joints.
- Joint resurfacing – a technique that involves a partial replacement of the knee or hip joints.
- Osteotomy – a procedure that requires Dr. Wallace to add a new section of bone near a joint that has been damaged. This type of surgery is often performed to correct misalignments in the hips.
- Synovectomy – whereby the linings of the joints which are known as synovium are partially removed to prevent irritation
- Total joint replacement – used to correct severe damage to joints among patients who have exhausted all other treatment options.
Benefits of Arthritis Surgery
The fact that there are so many types of arthritis surgery means that it is easy to find one that will meet your individual needs. Other benefits include:
- Reduced discomfort and swelling
- Improved mobility, helping you lead a more active lifestyle
- May prevent future damage and erosion of the joint
Is Arthritis Surgery Right for Me?
When trying to determine if arthritis surgery is right for you, ask yourself these questions?
- Has traditional treatment proven ineffective?
- Have I been told that my condition will only continue to get worse unless more drastic measures are taken?
- Do I regularly put off things I used to enjoy doing because of my arthritis?
- Am I dependent on others to do things I would normally handle myself because it is too difficult for me to get around?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then you may want to take the next step and talk with Dr. Wallace about arthritis surgery.
Elements of Arthritis Surgery
Each surgery is different, and, therefore, contains different elements. Some are performed using only local anesthesia to numb the area being worked on while others require general anesthesia that produces a light sleep. Dr. Wallace will discuss the various aspects of your surgery with you during your consultation to ensure you have a full understanding.
How much Does Arthritis Surgery Cost?
Once a treatment plan has been established, we will then be able to provide you with a cost. At that time, we will discuss our various financing options with you. Some of our arthritis procedures may be covered by insurance, in which case we will do our best to ensure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to under your plan.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options are also available via Prosper® Healthcare Lending.
After Your Arthritis Surgery
It’s important to note that you will not immediately return to normal following your arthritis surgery. Some downtime is to be expected, the amount of which will vary based upon the intensity of your procedure. Even so, all patients are encouraged to perform light activity, such as walking in order to speed the healing process.
Getting Back to Normal Following Arthritis Surgery
You will gradually notice your range of motion increasing as your body heals. During your recovery period, you may slowly increase the amount of activity you perform until you are back to your old self again. Physical therapy could be needed to facilitate this process.
If you live in Plano, Frisco or anywhere in Dallas, TX, and regularly suffer the debilitating effects of arthritis, find out if arthritis surgery at Charles A. Wallace, MD could be right for you. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wallace today for a complimentary consultation!