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Knuckle Joint Replacement

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What Is A Knuckle Joint Replacement?

Orthopedic surgeons perform knuckle joint replacement, also known as metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint replacement, to treat severe arthritis, joint deformity, or other conditions that affect the knuckle joint.

Knuckle Joint Replacement Overview

The symptoms associated with knuckle joint problems may include pain, swelling, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and difficulty in performing daily activities involving hand and finger movements. Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can cause of knuckle joint damage, though factors such as trauma, injury, or certain systemic diseases can also contribute to joint deterioration. Initially, non-surgical treatments like medication, splinting, physical therapy, and joint injections appear typically attempted to alleviate symptoms. However, if these conservative measures prove ineffective, knuckle joint replacement becomes a consideration.

Surgeons perform this procedure generally under either general or regional anesthesia. The procedure involves the removal of damaged joint surfaces and reshaping of bones to accommodate the artificial joint. The artificial joint, typically made of metal and/or plastic components, is then securely implanted. The specific approach and implant type may vary depending on the individual case.

Knuckle Joint Replacement Recovery

Following surgery, a period of recovery and rehabilitation becomes necessary. While the length and intensity of this process may vary, physical therapy is typically recommended to regain strength, flexibility, and function in the hand. Full recovery may take several months, with regular follow-up visits to the surgeon being essential to monitor progress.

This surgery can offer significant pain relief, improve joint function, and restore hand mobility, enabling individuals to resume daily activities and enhance their quality of life.

Like any surgical procedure, there are associated risks, including infection, bleeding, blood clots, nerve or blood vessel injury, implant complications, and limited symptom improvement. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you before the procedure.

Consulting with an experienced orthopedic surgeon is crucial to determine whether this procedure remains the appropriate treatment for your specific condition. They can assess your symptoms, conduct diagnostic tests, and offer personalized recommendations for the best course of action.


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