Finger Joint Replacement

EmergeOrtho Practices Innovative Finger Joint Replacement Techniques

Our fingers are one of the most commonly strained joints in our bodies. We use our fingers in almost every action and activity we perform on a daily basis. Time may pass, but the use of our fingers and hands remains the same (or even increases). 

This leads to inevitable “wear and tear,” which can often evolve into painful forms of arthritis. Currently, there is no cure for arthritis, but EmergeOrtho’s Joint Replacement Surgeons specialize in a variety of techniques that can help patients achieve a pain-free lifestyle. 

Our patient-focused approach to the care and treatment of all conditions puts your comfort at the forefront of the recovery process, ensuring you are comfortable and informed every step of the way. 

About Finger (Proximal) Joint Replacements

While each case varies on an individual basis, these common symptoms are indicators that you may need a finger joint replacement:

  • Pain that has not been relieved by nonsurgical methods or medication
  • Poor finger joint function
  • Finger joint stiffness
  • Finger joint damage beyond repair
  • Damaged joint affecting surrounding joints
  • Dramatically reduced range of motion
  • Inability to perform regular tasks

After a consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan will be individualized to fit your needs, keeping the goals of restoring functionality and relieving discomfort at the forefront. 

A finger joint replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged joint with an implant. Depending on the patient’s needs, the implant can be made of silicon, metal, plastic, ceramic, pyrocarbon, or a combination of one or more materials. The artificial replacement, once surgically placed, mimics the natural joint mechanics and functionality.

The surgical procedure is typically done under general or local anesthesia and takes about one to two hours to complete.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision (varying in size depending on the type of surgical procedure) over the damaged finger joint and spreads the tissue apart to expose the joint. The ends of the joint’s bones are shaved off and holes are made to securely fasten the artificial joint. The tissues are then sewn together and the incision is closed. 

A splint or cast is typically used to keep the finger properly supported, allowing it to fully heal. With all finger joint replacements, there is a period of rest and recovery that will likely involve activity modifications. Once the stitches are removed, an exercise program may be encouraged to restore strength and functionality. This can include specific strengthening exercises and/or  specialized hand therapy. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions after your finger joint replacement surgery.

We understand that living with limited finger functionality can be extremely frustrating. Let EmergeOrtho’s board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons help you return to the activities you enjoy. 

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