What is an Artificial Finger Joint Replacement?
You may have heard of a shoulder or knee replacement, where the affected joint is replaced with an artificial one. However, this procedure also applies to finger joints.
Similar to other joint replacements, a finger joint replacement consists of a surgeon removing the affected joints and replacing them with an artificial one. This procedure helps alleviate pain and improves overall function and mobility of the joint.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Finger Joint Replacement?
Joint replacement surgeries are only recommended if the patient’s pain does not respond to non-surgical treatments. Additionally, this procedure should only be considered if your condition impacts your daily activities. Patients who have rheumatoid arthritis are typically good candidates for joint replacement surgery because it helps reduce the pain and swelling of their joints.
Recovery Process for a Finger Joint Replacement
Following your artificial finger joint replacement surgery, the finger will be placed in a splint and bandaged to ensure the finger heals straight. You will most likely have to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks to protect your finger while it heals. Additionally, your provider will work with you to develop a physical therapy schedule if necessary.