Total joint replacement surgery of the wrist, thumb and fingers

What is it?

Finger and wrist joint replacement surgery involves replacement of a severely arthritic joint with an artificial joint. Arthritis occurs when the normal slippery cartilage has been worn away and bare bone rubs on bone, causing pain and stiffness.

A joint replacement removes the arthritic surfaces and relieves pain and allows your wrist, thumb or fingers to move more freely.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common indications for joint replacement, but trauma can also damage or wear your cartilage causing pain, stiffness and swelling.

Diagnosis and treatment options

Your consultant may diagnose arthritis of the wrist joint after reviewing your medical history, performing physical examination and obtaining X-rays. Occasionally, MRI, CT or ultrasound scans may be helpful.

The most appropriate treatment will be decided by your specialist following your consultation.

Recovery depends upon what type of procedure has been performed.

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