Ankle, Wrist & Elbow Surgery Specialist

Charles J. Pearlman, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY

At his practice, patients who require treatment for severe ankle, wrist, and elbow issues can get help through minimally invasive surgery. New York City, Sheepshead Bay, and Brooklyn, NY area patients can the office to work with Dr. Pearlman to correct injuries and painful conditions using the safest, most effective techniques.

Ankle, Wrist, & Elbow Surgery Q & A

What is Tendonitis?

Tendons are the strong but flexible fibrous bands which attach muscles to bones. When the tendons become aggravated, swollen, or develop microscopic tears and then tendonitis develops. Most of the time the cause of tendonitis is typically overuse or overloading the tendon. When a specific activity or motion is constant it can frequently cause tendonitis. It can also the result of an activity which is increased too quickly, such as weightlifting. Tendonitis usually occurs in the elbow, shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle, and heel.

What Does Minimally Invasive Mean?

When a surgical procedure is called minimally invasive it means that the surgeon can perform the procedure using a very small incision or no incision at all. The surgeon will conduct the surgery in such as way which will cause very little to no harm to the affected area and the patient. This can include employing a tool like endoscopes, laparoscopes, or lasers. These forms of procedures don’t need as much recovery time, cause less bleeding, require smaller amounts of anesthesia, produce minimal scarring, and cause less pain. These types of operations are frequently preferred by surgeons and patients alike.

What Should I Expect After Surgery?

The location of the surgery will determine how long the recovery will take and what type of aftercare will be necessary. Aftercare is crucial because it makes sure that the recovery will be quick and go smoothly. The post-surgical care will typically entail resting, icing, utilizing compression, and elevating the affected body part to some degree. Bandages, splints, casts, crutches, surgical shoes, or canes can be necessary following the procedure in order to ensure a safe recovery. The surgeon will also tell patients if and when they will be able to bear weight and be able to move the part after surgery. It is crucial to follow all the instructions given by the surgeon.