Surgical Solutions

In the News: April 2016

At least half of grains we eat should be whole grains rather than refined grains (such as white rice and white flour). The body, mind and breathing practices of yoga improve flexibility and balance, increase range of motion, and strengthen muscles, among other benefits. Every year, more than 670,000 total knee replacements are performed in the United States. But few studies have compared knee replacement with nonsurgical treatment. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream that crystallizes in the joints. The key to preventing flare-ups that cause painful joint swelling is to lower levels of uric acid, primarily with medications and diet.

Turmeric and Ginger; Knee Replacement for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Finding effective means of relieving the pain of arthritis can be challenging. Pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work for many people, but they have limitations. Taken long term NSAIDs may cause stomach upset and they are linked to increased risk for heart disease. If medications, physical therapy and other more conservative measures dont adequately relieve pain, knee replacement surgery can ease pain whether you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

March 2016: Hand Arthritis and Shoulder Replacement

Hand osteoarthritis (OA) is very common, with some statistics showing the incidence of hand OA being second only to knee arthritis in the U.S. Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common for the treatment of degenerative osteoarthritis (OA).

Resolving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Getting a good nights rest can be challenging when dealing with the aches of arthritis. But, symptoms of tingling and numbness in your hand that rise up your arm at night more than likely arent due to inflamed joints. Instead, youre probably one of the 10 million Americans who are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). As the most common nerve disorder experienced today, the symptoms of CTS signal that the painful condition is progressing-an advancing pain that if treated early can be remedied, according to Arthritis Advisor Editor-in-Chief, orthopaedic surgeon Steven Maschke, MD.

February 2016: Meniscal Tears & Acupuncture’s Benefits

Ive been diagnosed with a meniscal tear in my knee. What is it, and do I need surgery to repair it? Can acupuncture be a helpful approach for my arthritis pain?

January 2016

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can cause joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, nail changes and overall fatigue. Because its symptoms are often similar to other types of arthritis and it rarely progresses the same way in every person, PsA is often difficult to diagnose in its early stages. Its not clear what causes PsA, but it is known that about a third of people with psoriasis-a skin disease that causes a red, scaly rash-will develop the condition. Each year, more than 300,000 patients undergo hip replacement surgery in the U.S. Those who have the procedure typically have much less pain than before surgery, and are able to perform daily activities more easily because the joint moves better. Yet, nearly every orthopaedic procedure will have some impact on a patients ability to safely drive.

In the News: December 2015

While research has shown that fish oil can help decrease joint tenderness and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis patients, and may have a similar effect on osteoarthritis (OA), a new study suggests that taking more of the supplement doesnt boost its benefits. Its estimated that 42.1 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, and those who do increase their risk of requiring revision surgery of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) following the initial procedure. Yoga is known to calm the mind, but now a study suggests that the ancient practice, combined with stretching, may be useful for easing the pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). The fatigue caused by either rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) can put you in a bad mood, but being more physically active can help turn your frown upside down.

What You Need to Know about Joint Replacement

Dr. Murray walks us through some common concerns patients have regarding knee joint replacement surgery and clarifies the reality of each.

Deciding if Surgery Is For You

When you have arthritis, its not hard to understand chronic pain. While it is clear that the condition is causing your bones to become rough and grind together, you may be unsure how to best manage the pain.Do you stick with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and stay the course of weight loss and physical therapy? Or, is the overriding pain causing you to consider joint replacement surgery?

Ask The Doctors: August 2015

Im considering total joint replacement surgery. How can I pick the best surgeon to ensure a successful procedure?

Want to Avoid Surgery? Get Moving!

Arthritis is often known for the physical limitations it can cause. Yet, evidence is building in the case of exercise altering the conditions impact.Case in point: Researchers have shown that exercise therapy may help avoid the need for total hip replacement in those with hip osteoarthritis (OA). Published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (November 2013), the study showed that those who exercised for one hour at least twice a week for 12 weeks were 44 percent less likely to need hip replacement surgery six years later compared with a similar group of people who did not exercise.

Can Surgery Ease Your Aching Back?

Many people awake each day to an aching back. In fact, back pain is the second-most common reason Americans go to the doctor-right behind colds and the flu. While chronic spinal pain and the osteoarthritis (OA) that often causes it are common, its not completely clear what type of treatment will ease the condition.For many, surgery may seem like a solution, but there is no clear rule of thumb as to when surgery is the best answer, according to Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Thomas Mroz, MD.The decision to use spinal fusion surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine to treat back pain is a sticky issue, says Dr. Mroz, director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. How we treat patients with back pain in the United States is very heterogeneous. We need to ask what is good for the patient and, at the same time, we need to decide what works best for their particular type of pain.