MOUNTAIN VIEW — Gary Paxson, President and CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), is proud to announce the first total wrist replacement at Stone County Medical Center (SCMC). This is also the first total wrist replacement surgery using the latest state of the art prosthesis performed in Arkansas. The surgery was performed by Dr. Charles D. Varela, Orthopaedic Surgeon at White River Orthopaedic Sports and Hand Surgery Clinic in Mountain View.

Total wrist replacement surgery, also known as total wrist arthroplasty, is used to treat patients with unbearable pain and disability due to rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. The procedure involves replacing the wrist joint with an artificial joint to relieve pain and restore function and is used when other treatment options are no longer effective. Total wrist replacements in the past have been fraught with complications and failures due to the unique characteristics of the wrist joint anatomy. This new prosthesis has shown potential to significantly reduce the patient’s pain and preserve motion while reducing complications. This is a major advancement in the area of hand surgery.

Dr. Varela is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with added certification in surgery of the hand. Dr. Varela’s areas of expertise include hand surgery, knee injuries, joint replacement, trauma surgery, and foot surgery. He has been in practice in Mountain View as an Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon for more than 25 years serving north central Arkansas.

Dr. Varela received his Medical Degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri. He completed a fellowship in Hand, Microsurgery, and Upper Extremity Surgery from Duke University Medical Center.

The White River Orthopaedic Sports and Hand Surgery Clinic is located at 2110 East Main Street in Mountain View. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment at the clinic, call (870) 269-8300.

Stone County Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving Mountain View and the surrounding area. SCMC is an affiliate of White River Health System, a multi-facility not-for-profit organization serving North Central Arkansas. For more information about the services SCMC provides, please visit

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