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Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

Arthritis

Looking for “The Expert” on Treatment of Thumb and Wrist Arthritis Pain?

Dr. Cobb’s Research on Minimally Invasive Treatment of Thumb and Wrist Arthritis Is in the Top 5 Most Downloaded Research Articles for 2016!

Orthopaedic Specialists would like to congratulate Dr. Cobb and his team for their publication on minimally invasive thumb and wrist arthritis, which was 1 of the top 5 downloaded articles from the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS) for 2016. This recent announcement from the JHS highlights the public interest in Dr. Cobb’s technique.

About Thumb Arthritis

Basal joint arthritis, also referred to as thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis, is a relatively common condition that affects the joints at the base of the thumb, and may also involve the wrist. Caused by a deterioration of cartilage, this ailment often leads to symptoms such as pain, limited range of motion, and pinch or grip weakness. A tell-tale sign is usually an inability to open jars due to significant discomfort and/or lack of strength.

Treatment of Thumb Arthritis

Dr. Cobb has developed a minimally invasive approach for treatment of thumb arthritis that has become one of the most effective and well-established treatment methods to date. The procedure is called arthroscopic resection arthroplasty (ARA) for basal joint arthritis. With this technique, an arthroscope (small video camera) is inserted through tiny incisions made at the base of the thumb to provide visualization of the arthritic joints. The video feed from the arthroscope is projected onto a chairside monitor, providing surgeons with a complete view of the treatment area as they clean the joints and carefully remove the arthritis using special instruments. The incisions are so small that no sutures are necessary in most cases.

Published in the Journal of Hand Surgery—the prestigious official journal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand—Dr. Cobb’s study evaluated the long-term outcomes of ARA. Dr. Cobb and his associates concluded that the more invasive approach with interposition is not necessary. Furthermore, very early recovery with respect to pain relief and strength were obtained with his minimally invasive technique. Dr. Cobb’s series is the largest in global literature.

Impact on Healthcare Costs & Patient Recovery

The study’s conclusion is good news! Abandoning the more invasive technique helps to reduce healthcare costs and eliminates the risk of potential biomaterial-related side effects (e.g. additional pain, cystic bony changes, graft failure, etc.). Furthermore, this study confirms that excellent results from early recovery after this procedure are maintained long-term. In fact, many patients continue to improve with time rather than the typical loss in function frequently seen with conventional joint replacements.

Schedule Your Consultation

Because of his outstanding success with his minimally invasive treatment of thumb and wrist arthritis, Dr. Cobb frequently treats out-of-town patients from all over the United States.

If you are suffering from thumb and/or wrist arthritis, minimally invasive ARA may be an excellent option for restoring your quality of life with less pain, limited scarring, and a quicker recovery compared to open alternatives.

For more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb, please contact Orthopaedic Specialists today.

Quad Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon Discusses Past, Present, and Future of Hand Surgery

Dr. Cobb discusses Arthroscopic Assisted Treatment of CMC Arthritis

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC recently presented his research and experience performing minimally invasive treatment of CMC Arthritis at the combined conference for IFSHT and IFSSH.

Davenport, IAQuad Cities orthopaedic surgeon Tyson Cobb, MD was an invited guest speaker at the 2016 combined meetings of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 24-28 of October. Dr. Cobb was selected to present his experience and expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of thumb arthritis, Arthroscopic Assisted Treatment of CMC Arthritis.

“In order to respond to the demand for safer, better, faster surgical outcomes,” says Dr. Cobb, “my attendance and collaborative interactions at meetings like the one in Buenos Aires allow me to respond to patient demands by being on the cutting-edge of the latest surgical advancements. Although it was an honor to be asked to present at the meeting, I really enjoy the opportunity to learn from and discuss ideas with brilliant surgeons from around the world.”

With more than 120 speakers and over 1,500 attendees from all over the world, hand surgeons and hand therapists from North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe gathered to share their latest scientific findings and clinical experience. When not speaking, Dr. Cobb attended lectures and engaged in scientific discourse, “constantly seeking to learn how to better serve my patients using the most up-to-date minimally invasive treatment options.”

According to Dr. Cobb, the theme of the meeting was to discuss the Past, Present, and Future of Hand Surgery. Topics relevant to Dr. Cobb’s Davenport area practice included microsurgery of nerves and tendons, wrist surgery, treatment of finger contractures, hand trauma, wide-awake hand surgeries, and the use of ultrasound for diagnosis and minimally-invasive surgical treatment.

About Tyson Cobb, MD
Dr. Tyson Cobb is the board certified Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at the Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. A member of several distinguished medical organizations, including the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, he is also a pioneer of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Cobb earned his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed additional training at the Mayo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the University of Texas. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Quad Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon Presents Minimally Invasive Thumb Arthritis Treatment

Dr. Cobb discusses his research into minimally invasive thumb arthritis treatment

Dr. Tyson Cobb of Orthopaedic Specialists, PC presented his primary research on innovative minimally invasive treatment of thumb arthritis at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting.

Davenport, IA — Dr. Tyson Cobb, an orthopaedic hand surgeon in the Quad Cities area, was chosen by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to share his analysis into thumb arthritis treatment at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. He says this conference, held from March 1-5, hosted over 25,000 orthopaedic surgeons from over 30 countries. The goal of the meeting, Dr. Cobb explains, is to provide surgeons with the opportunity to hear the latest scientific and clinical knowledge from across all specialty areas of orthopaedic surgery, discover new solutions at the world’s largest display of orthopaedic technology and services, and share experiences with colleagues.

Dr. Cobb has been internationally recognized for his development of a new technique for treating thumb arthritis that he says results in faster recovery, better range of motion, and better pinch strength than the older, more traditional open surgical methods. Dr. Cobb’s method is a modification of the original arthroscopic technique. His long-term results have shown excellent pain relief, patient satisfaction, and return of pinch strength in most patients. His published series are the largest in the world literature.

“The new minimally invasive technique,” says Dr. Cobb, “also allows for less soft tissue dissection, which results in less postoperative scarring, pain, and swelling. My patients are able to return to work, sports, and other leisure activities faster, which is really important to them.”

Dr. Cobb believes that rapid return to activity is promoted through a combination of patient education and motivation, minimally invasive surgery with minimal tissue disruption, and effective pain management. Dr. Cobb treats many “out of town” patients who travel to have this minimally invasive procedure. Dr. Cobb reviews their x-rays and discusses treatment options on the phone prior to any travel. Once the surgery is scheduled, most patients see Dr. Cobb in the morning, have surgery in the afternoon, stay in a nearby hotel, see Dr. Cobb the next morning, and then return home.

When performing his new treatment for thumb arthritis, Dr. Cobb says he employs a new state-of-the-art anesthesia technique. This new anesthesia technique, he says, allows patients to go home after surgery, sleep in their own bed, and usually remain pain-free for around 18 to 36 hours after surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Cobb indicates that these new anesthesia techniques developed by Dr. Don Lalonde can provide several benefits, including substantial cost savings and enhanced post-operative pain reduction when compared to the traditional anesthesia services.

About Tyson Cobb, MD

Dr. Tyson Cobb is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity treatment. He is the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC and is considered to be a pioneer in minimally invasive orthopaedic techniques. Dr. Cobb received his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine, and he completed a five-year orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, followed by a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Texas. Dr. Cobb is an active member of several prestigious medical organizations, including the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Cobb and his practice, please visit osquadcities.com and facebook.com/osquadcities.

Contact:

Orthopaedic Specialists, PC

Davenport Office:
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
(563) 344-9292

Bettendorf Office:
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 344-9292

Clinton Office:
2635 US 30
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-4170

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

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