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November 18, 2013


Leading Basilar Joint Arthritis Expert, Evan D. Collins, MD, Refines LRTI Procedure following Research Findings

Texas Medical Center Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist, Dr. Collins, Utilizes Research Findings to Improve Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition Procedure for Arthritis Patients

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire) -  Dr. Evan D. Collins, Texas Medical Center's leading orthopedic hand surgeon specializing in arthritis of the hand and wrist, offers a Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition (LRTI) procedure to patients suffering from arthritis of the thumb - as his research on basilar joint arthritis advances.

Hand specialist for Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at the Texas Medical Center, Director of the Houston Methodist Hand & Upper Extremity Center and the vice chairman of the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine program, Dr. Collins works to improve outcome and longterm hand function with a refined LRTI procedure for patients suffering from arthritis of the thumb.

Dr. Collins, who was recently featured among Houstonia magazine's premier listing of Houston's Best Physicians, invests his time outside of his busy practice to research focused on effective long term treatment options for arthritis sufferers.

His resent research study examining a Carpal Metacarpal (CMC) Joint biodegradable mesh implant for Basilar joint arthritis explores both implant and non implant procedures.  The insight gained from this research has underscored the use of a refined non implant LRTI procedure for some cases.

"Our work with arthritis patients and research of clinical outcomes for some of the latest joint preserving techniques available has helped us refine more effective, longer lasting treatment plans for patients," said Collins.

"Our goal is to ensure painless joint function for everything big and small that our patients want to do every single day of their lives.  Nothing less," added Collins.

The LRTI procedure uses the body's own tissue to address the instability and reduction in grip strength that basilar joint arthritis patients may experience.  It has also resulted in a lower complication rate.

Dr. Collins, who is part of the Houston Methodist healthcare team designated as the official healthcare provider for area collegiate and professional sports teams and performing artists, collaborates with colleagues, fellow researchers and medical support staff to ensure the best possible individual outcome.

Dr. Collins is board certified and fellowship trained in surgery of the hand, with certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in surgery of the hand.  He holds a faculty appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College and has extensive experience in less invasive endoscopic procedures, as well as ligament reconstruction and joint reconstruction procedures - making him one of Houston's most recognized hand specialists.

To read more about Dr. Collins and his latest treatment options for common as well as complex injuries and conditions affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder go to www.drevancollins.com. Or, call 877-72-MYDOC (877-726-9362) for a consult.