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Hand, Microsurgery and Reconstructive Orthopaedics in Erie, PA

The medical staff of Hand Microsurgery offers a variety of services to ensure optimal treatment and diagnostic testing of patients. A few of the main orthopaedic medical procedures performed by our medical staff include electrodiagnostic testing, surgery, joint replacements, amputations, PRP and scar removal or revision.

Not only does Hand Microsurgery provide all of these services, but we also offer emergency treatment 24 hours a day. By getting professional medical assistance and working with our experienced staff, you will be sure to be on the path to recovery in no time at all.


Emergency Treatment

The medical staff at Hand Microsurgery are available to provide emergency medical treatment to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By calling the office at (814)-456-6022, our administrative staff will direct you to a physician or medical staff member that is able to help.

Joint Replacements

Several conditions can cause joint pain and disability which leads patients to consider joint replacement surgery. In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones either from arthritis, fractures, or another condition

Total joint replacement surgery takes a few hours and is performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. During the surgery, the damaged cartilage and bone is removed from your joint and replaced with prosthetic parts made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. These parts mimic the shape and movement of a natural joint. The majority of patients are able to perform daily activities more easily after joint replacement surgery. Most people can expect their joint replacement to last for many years, providing them with an improved quality of life that includes less pain, along with improved motion and strength that would not have been possible otherwise.

Amputations

There are many levels of upper extremity amputations, and with each one comes a different method of rehabilitation as well as a different type of prosthesis. Before you can get fitted for a prosthesis (a replacement for a lost limb or a limb deficiency), you must first go through physical therapy to gain strength and range of motion as well as occupational therapy to learn how to adapt to daily living tasks without a prosthesis. This also gives your wound time to heal, and for the swelling to go down so your prosthesis fits properly. An at-home exercise program will be created to prevent contracture.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets can be 5 to 10 times greater or richer than usual. 

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from the patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood. Laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process.

Scar Removal or Revision

Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing may contribute to scars that are obvious, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be raised or recessed, different in color or texture from surrounding healthy tissue or particularly noticeable due to their size, shape or location. Scar revision surgery is meant to minimize the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture.

Need professional medical assistance? Contact Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA today!

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