Upper Extremity Orthopedics

Upper Extremity Orthopedics

Many everyday activities depend on using your arms, shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands. If you experience an injury or if you live with a chronic condition related to these important upper extremities, you can trust your care to the orthopedic specialists and surgeons at OU Health in Oklahoma City and Edmond.

Expert Upper Extremity Orthopedic Care

Rely on Oklahoma’s most comprehensive team of orthopedic, microvascular and plastic surgeons with subspecialty training in hand surgery. You’ll collaborate with this extensively experienced, multidisciplinary physician group to evaluate and manage all types of upper extremity problems – from minor conditions to complex reconstructions or traumatic injuries.

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Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist or Hand Conditions

At OU Health, you’ll find expert orthopedic care, including evaluation for a second opinion, to address a wide range of upper extremity conditions such as:

Team-Based, Patient-Centered Care

No matter your age, you or your loved one will appreciate our comprehensive, patient-centered, team approach to care. You’ll work together with OU Health orthopedic physicians and surgeons to develop an individualized treatment plan and find the best providers for your specific situation.

Innovative, Top-Quality, Specialized Facilities

For complex orthopedic situations, you’ll benefit from innovative surgical facilities at University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma’s only Level 1 trauma center. In addition, you or your loved ones may receive care from OU Health at the state’s only dedicated children’s hospital and the region’s only nationally designated cancer center. You’ll also value the convenience and efficiency of our outpatient surgery center, as well as the advanced surgical facilities at University of Oklahoma Medical Center Edmond.

Upper Extremity Orthopedic Treatments

Take advantage of expert consultation from OU Health orthopedic specialists and surgeons that focuses on your individual situation. You’ll work with the only medical specialty specifically trained to provide both surgical and nonsurgical care for upper extremities. That means your individualized treatment plan may include surgery only if it’s the best option for you.

Joint Preservation, Reconstruction, Replacement

When injuries or chronic conditions involve joints in your shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand, your OU Health orthopedic team may recommend less invasive joint preservation procedures, such as injections of platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow or other orthobiologics.

Additional options may include arthroscopic procedures or robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery involving bone or cartilage transplants for joint reconstruction, corrective osteotomy techniques for joint realignment and partial joint replacement or total joint replacement procedures.

Explore services for joint preservation, reconstruction or replacement at OU Health.

Awake Surgery

If appropriate for your particular situation, your OU Health orthopedic team may recommend upper extremity surgery using only local anesthesia. Many surgical procedures for conditions of the hand, including carpal tunnel release, tendon repair and removal of masses, work well under local anesthesia.

The WALANT technique – wide-awake local anesthesia, no tourniquet – helps you avoid other sedation or general anesthesia. Typically, that means faster recovery and quicker return to your regular activities, as well as fewer anesthesia side effects or complications.

Microsurgery or Microvascular Surgery

When you choose OU Health to care for conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, you gain access to the advanced tools, the latest surgical techniques and the largest group of upper extremity microsurgeons in Oklahoma.

Using the innovative surgical microscope, each of our microsurgeons can apply their extensive experience to perform the most delicate and precise surgical techniques known to medicine. Your treatment options may include valuable procedures for nerves and blood vessels that can help restore or preserve function.

Learn more about surgery services at OU Health.

Your OU Health Orthopedic Care Team

Your experienced OU Health orthopedic care team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors or sports medicine physicians, orthotists, prosthetists or pedorthists.

Your team also may involve OU Health neurologists, cardiovascular medicine physicians, geriatricians, pain management specialists, primary care doctors, bariatric specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists or psychologists, social workers and counselors.

When you work with this diverse team of OU Health experts, you benefit from innovations in orthopedic medical care and orthopedic surgical techniques that come from their ongoing participation in the latest research and clinical trials at the OU Health academic medical center, as well as their activities in teaching the next generation of orthopedic specialists and surgeons.

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