Sixty-nine-year-old Mark Eisen says he waited seven years for a surgery he hopes will change his life. Last week, he had the first total wrist replacement with KinematX™, a new implant co-designed by Scott Wolfe, MD, chief emeritus of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Dr. Wolfe performed the surgery on April 15.
Severe arthritis in his right wrist caused ongoing pain and prevented Mr. Eisen, who lives in Atlanta, from engaging in activities he enjoys. He is right-handed, which makes it even more difficult. Seven years ago, he started to investigate treatments and learned about total wrist replacement surgery. But unlike knee and hip replacements, which are common and have excellent outcomes, wrist replacement surgery has not enjoyed the same degree of success.
Mr. Eisen’s online research prompted him to take his first trip to New York for