Arthritis or injury could cause pain, stiffness, or limited function in the distal joint of the finger. Fusion is the common procedure done to keep the joint stable so that it eases pain and prevents future problems with the joint.
Once anesthesia is given, the surgeon will sterilize the site and make an incision on the finger over the damaged joint. This is a very careful procedure because the surgeon has to be sure not to damage nearby nerves in the finger. Once the incision is made and the joint is exposed, the cartilage is removed from the joint surface to show the bone. The surgeon then creates grooves in the two bones in order to place a metal pin or screw to connect the bones and align them correctly. This prevents the bones from moving too much so they can fuse together. Once everything is placed correctly, the incision is sewn up and the arm is placed in a splint to allow healing to begin. The patient will need to wear the splint for about six weeks or until healing is complete and then therapy will follow so the patient can regain function in the hand safely.
If you have limited function in a finger joint, Triangle Orthopaedics has surgical specialists that are here to help you. To learn more about this procedure, please contact any of our office locations today.
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