Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)

During a joint aspiration, a doctor uses a needle to take fluid out of your joint. This might be done to test the fluid for infection or to find a cause for a joint problem. These problems may include bleeding, infection, gout, or pseudogout. Sometimes fluid is taken out to relieve pressure and pain from too much fluid in the joint.

The area where the needle is inserted may be numbed before the needle is put in. Then the needle is slowly put into the joint. A syringe attached to the needle is used to remove fluid. The fluid may be put in tubes or containers and sent to the lab. Sometimes a shot of steroid medicine is also given into the joint. This can help relieve inflammation and pain. It can also help prevent the fluid from building up again.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who specialize in this treatment.

Robert G. Medler, MD

Robert G. Medler

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Mark S. Box, MD

Mark S. Box

Kansas City, MO

  • Rheumatology

Michael J. Latteier, MD

Michael J. Latteier

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement

Christopher W. Palmer, DO

Christopher W. Palmer

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Trauma

Thomas S. Samuelson, MD

Thomas S. Samuelson

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Stephen V. Hiatt, MD

Stephen V. Hiatt

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith, MD

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Aleksander C. Ferbet, DPM

Aleksander C. Ferbet

St. Louis, MO

  • Podiatry
  • Foot and Ankle

Robert H. Sigmund, MD

Robert H. Sigmund

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Sports Medicine

Radmila Samardzija, DPM

Radmila Samardzija

Kansas City, KS

  • Podiatry
  • Foot and Ankle

Robert P. Bruce, MD

Robert P. Bruce

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
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Locations

Carondelet Rheumatology

Carondelet Rheumatology
1010 Carondelet Dr
#224A
Kansas City, MO 64114
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913-563-6644

Signature Orthopedics Chesterfield

Signature Orthopedics Chesterfield
121 St. Luke’s Center Drive
Building A, Suite 302
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics Fenton

Signature Orthopedics Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311

Associated Podiatrists – Leavenworth

Associated Podiatrists – Leavenworth
3550 S. 4th Street
Suite 282
Leavenworth, KS 66048
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913-321-0522

Associated Podiatrists – Belton

Associated Podiatrists – Belton
17067 South Outer Road
Suite 200
Belton, MO 64012
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913-321-0522

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics South County

Signature Orthopedics South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225

Associated Podiatrists – Shawnee

Associated Podiatrists – Shawnee
7255 Renner Road
Suite 100
Shawnee, KS 66217
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913-321-0522

Associated Podiatrists

Associated Podiatrists
8919 Parallel Parkway
Suite 550
Kansas City, KS 66112
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913-321-0522