South Arkansas Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
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Orthopaedic Surgery

When is Orthopedic Surgery Necessary?

Many Arkansans enjoy an active lifestyle, engaging in a variety of sports, fitness and outdoor fun. Quality of life can be greatly hindered when you encounter problems with your muscles and joints. Your body has many different functioning, moving parts, and it requires maintenance. Often, the pain you feel may be eased with an over-the-counter medication. Sometimes, though, the tendon, muscle or joint pain you feel requires a doctor’s visit. If you have a sprain, an overuse injury, knee pain or shoulder pain, often times it will be relieved with conservative care. However sometimes, with other injuries orthopedic surgery may be necessary.

Signs You May Need Surgery

Just because your back hurts does not mean you need to run to the surgeon. Many musculoskeletal issues can be treated with non- or minimally-invasive procedures. If pain or another symptom of a possible orthopedic problem persists, though, you may need to see a surgeon. The exceptionally talented, experienced and dedicated medical team at South Arkansas Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine can examine the affected area to determine the severity of the problem. If your issue cannot be corrected with exercise, braces, canes or vitamin supplements, your doctor may suggest surgery.

Orthopaedic Joint Surgery

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is used to identify, monitor, and diagnose joint injuries and disease; or to remove bone or cartilage or repair tendons or ligaments.

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Joint Replacement Surgery

A Total Joint Replacement is when an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. The goal is to relieve the pain in the joint.

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Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Numbness or tingling in the hands at night, a sharp pain that goes up into your arm up to the shoulder, difficulty in grasping objects without dropping them-these are warning signs for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Signs you might need surgery include the following:

  • Difficulty doing day-to-day tasks, such as walking or bathing
  • Pain in muscles, tendons or joints that lasts for several days
  • Joint pain that intensifies when you are resting
  • Deformed joints
  • Symptoms of infection, such as inflammation or redness
  • Swelling or bruising near a joint or injury site
  • Ability to move in a certain area is limited

Joint replacement surgery