Like other joints in our body, the joints in the finger may also suffer from arthritis. If non-surgical treatment methods are not easing the pain, the doctor may suggest small joint replacement that replaces the surface of the finger’s joint.
There are mainly two types of replacement surgeries for arthritic fingers:
Usually, it is a day case surgery which can be done using local anesthesia. The surgeon removes the damaged joint by making a small incision and inserts the artificial joint. Alternatively, for the fusion, the surgeon sets the joint in a fixed position and no further movement is possible. Both types of surgeries reliably remove the pain from arthritis, but the results are different regarding the freedom of movement.
Types of Finger and Wrist Joint Replacements
There are different types of prosthesis that are designed depending on the joint involved, the type of surgery and the type of arthritis. Some of them are made of silicone and some are surgical plastic and metal.
The following are some of the finger joint replacement implants that are available for all finger joints:
For the wrist replacement the implant modules include:
Small joint replacement is mainly used to treat Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) which most commonly affects the small joints of the fingers and the base of the thumb. There are mainly two types of osteoarthritis that affects the hand;
Pros and Cons of Small Joint Replacement
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