Arthritis is a painful, progressive condition that affects millions of people all over the United States, making it difficult for them to work, exercise, or even enjoy their lives. In some cases, this condition becomes severe enough to require surgery. Dr. Edward Diao provides effective surgical treatment to patients struggling with arthritis. Dr. Diao treats arthritis in the fingers, wrist, elbows, and shoulder. He customizes treatment from nonoperative treatment to the most advanced surgical techniques in which he has devised and trained surgeons internationally on. To learn more about the treatment options and find out if they are right for you, please contact Edward Diao, MD in, Union Square, San Francisco, California, to schedule a consultation today.
Arthritis is a condition that causes your joints to be stiff and painful. There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Although the causes of these two types of arthritis are different, the symptoms are similar. If you have arthritis, you may notice the following changes in the affected joints:
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which usually develops because of the normal wear and tear that affects your joints as you age. Eventually, the cartilage that coats the ends of your bones wears out, which leads to bones grinding against one another.
Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder. It develops when your body’s immune system attacks the joint capsule, which is a tough membrane that protects your joints. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis damages your cartilage and bone as well.
Dr. Diao may recommend three different types of surgery to patients with arthritis. These procedures include:
In the earlier stages of arthritis, doctors often recommend more conservative treatments, such as medications and physical therapy. However, these treatments aren’t always effective. As arthritis continues to progress, you may find that the condition is interfering with your life on a daily basis. In such cases, surgery may be the best way to help you recover.
Surgery isn’t the best option for everyone. Before scheduling your procedure, Dr. Diao will review your case carefully and explain all of the benefits and risks associated with arthritis surgery.