Innovative Techniques for Finger Joint Replacement
We’ve treated thousands of patients with a wide variety of arthritic conditions, helping them emerge from finger joint replacement surgery without chronic pain. This places EmergeOrtho in the unique position to develop comprehensive treatment plans tailored to fit your needs.
Proximal (Finger) Joint Replacements
The proximal joint can become stiff and painful due to conditions such as arthritis. By replacing the joint with an artificial one, a patient can enjoy activities with less pain and restriction. The artificial joint is made of silicon and functions just like a natural joint.
The surgery can be done under general or local anesthetic and it takes about two hours to complete. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision over the damaged finger joint and spreads the tissue apart to expose the joint. The ends of the bones of the joint are shaved off and holes are made in the bones so the artificial joint can be snugly placed into the bones. The tissues are sewn together and the incision is closed. After surgery, a bandage is placed on the finger and a splint is given to keep the finger supported and allow it to heal. Once stitches are removed, therapy and exercise can begin to help the patient recover. Rehabilitation can take up to three months or so after the replacement surgery.
Signs that you may need a finger joint replacement
While each individual case is different, if you’ve experienced the following, you may be a candidate for a finger joint replacement:
- Pain that has not been relieved by nonsurgical methods or medication
- Inability for the finger joint to work properly
- Your finger joint is damaged beyond repair
- The damaged joint is causing problems with the surrounding joints
- Dramatically reduced range of motion
- Inability to perform regular tasks
By replacing the joint with an artificial one, a patient can enjoy activities with less pain and restriction. The artificial joint is made of silicone or pyrocarbon and functions just like a natural joint does.
The ultimate goal of finger joint replacement surgery is for you to emerge from your procedure with a higher level of finger, hand and wrist function, enabling you to get back into the flow of your everyday activities. Let EmergeOrtho’s board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians help you return to the activities you once enjoyed, request an appointment.