Total finger joint replacement is an arthroscopic (minimally invasive) procedure that replaces your affected joint(s) with metal and/or plastic prostheses.
Many joints comprise your fingers, including those closest to your fingertips, those nearest the middle of your fingers, and those located at the base of your fingers. Depending upon which joint is injured or worn and the extent of the damage, your orthopedic specialist may either recommend joint replacement or a fusion of the joint. Which finger is afflicted (such as the little and ring fingers versus the thumb) is also a factor that may determine your best treatment option.
Trauma and overuse are the two main causes of finger joint injuries. Overuse of the fingers may cause inflammation and pain as the supporting structure in your joint wears away over time. Overuse can also lead to bone, tendon or ligament damage in your finger(s).
Typically an orthopedic surgeon is able to perform the minimally invasive finger joint procedure as an outpatient surgery, allowing you to return home the same day.
Your orthopedic specialist may recommend a particular procedure depending upon your unique situation. One option may be finger joint arthroplasty (joint replacement), where the surface of the finger joint is replaced, remodeled, or realigned. Another option may be fusing your finger joint; fusing keeps the problem joints from moving so that pain is reduced or eliminated.
In less extreme cases, nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications, and adjustments to your routine activities may prove effective.
Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience, and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.
If you think you may be in need of a total finger replacement and live in the St. Louis or Kansas City area, contact one of our many area specialists to schedule an appointment today.