Why would an individual from another country travel to Phoenix, Arizona just to treat his thumb arthritis? After all, there are a multitude of surgeons in every state and country who are capable of treating this common joint disorder.
The answer is simple: no one else does it as well as The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute.
Sufferers of thumb arthritis from near and far seek out Dr. Fitzmaurice’s services, and all for good reason. He is one of the only surgeons worldwide who uses stem cells to treat this progressive disorder.This innovative approach delivers results that are unmatched by any other surgical hand center, and patients flock to us precisely for this reason. To understand why our treatment for thumb arthritis is so revolutionary, you need to know a bit about the disorder and how it’s normally treated.
First and foremost, it’s important to know what thumb arthritis actually is. In general, arthritis refers to a condition in which the joint is destroyed or irritated. Thus, thumb arthritis occurs when the joint at the base of the thumb (the carpometacarpal joint) is affected, usually because the cartilage cushioning that joint has been eroded over time. Without cartilage, the bones of the thumb rub together, causing friction and damage.
A classic symptom of thumb arthritis is pain at the base of the thumb, especially when gripping objects. For early cases, treatment involves anti-inflammatories or splints. However, for more severe cases, surgery is recommended.
At most other places, surgery is performed with large incisions, and often removal of one of the wrist bones is required, not to mention several months of therapy is needed afterwards. But not at The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute. We’ve completely transformed the typical surgical process and standard results. With the EndoTech® Endoscopic Arthroplasty system, developed by our very own Dr. Fitzmaurice, patients are able to recover faster than normal. Standard surgical treatment of thumb arthritis requires patients to be in a splint for nearly eight weeks. However, with the EndoTech® Endoscopic Arthroplasty system, our patients need only be in a splint for one week.
The fast recovery time is due to the minimally-invasive technique of the EndoTech® Endoscopic Arthroplasty system and the use of stem cells for resurfacing. Not only does the EndoTech® system allow Dr. Fitzmaurice to see the affected area with extreme clarity, it also enables him to perform a reconstruction in which the bone in shaved down to make room and stem cells therapy is used to grow a new layer of cartilage while also acting as an anti-inflammatory
Another revolutionary aspect of Dr. Fitzmaurice’s approach is his use of a specially designed suture material to help strengthen the joint between the index finger and thumb bones. Typically, surgeons will remove a tendon from the hand to achieve the same results. Yet, here are The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, no tendon is required. Thus, the recovery period is dramatically reduced and pain is minimized.
Patients from all over the state and beyond are giving a pain-free thumbs up to Dr. Fitzmaurice and his groundbreaking surgical system. Whether you live ten mins away or ten hours, your trip to see us will be worth it.
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Learn more about our revolutionary approach to repairing thumb arthritis, and why we are the choice of many patients around the world, when seeking advanced was of treating this common condition.