finger joint replacement

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Your movement may be limited, but your options don't have to be. See how other patients conquered their pain and get started on your own journey to recovery.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski
Inspirational college coach and DePuy joint recipient.

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"It's not worth living with pain."
"It's not worth living with pain."

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"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.

"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.

"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.

"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.

"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."


about the procedure

There are artificial joints available for the finger. These silicone implants are used by hand surgeons primarily to replace the MCP jointjointThe junction between the ends of two adjacent bones., which are commonly referred to as knuckles. The implant, or "prosthesisprosthesisManufactured substitute for a diseased or missing part of the body." (prosthesis meaning artificial body part), acts as a spacer to fill the gap created when the arthritic surfaces of the MCP joint are removed.

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To perform a joint replacement of the MCP joint, the surgeon first makes an incisionincisionA cut or surgical wound. in the back of the hand over the joints or between the first and middle finger and between the ring and little finger.

Each joint that needs to be replaced is then opened so that the surgeon can see the joint surfaces. The cartilagecartilageThe hard, thin layer of white glossy tissue that covers the end of bone at a joint. This tissue allows motion ... is removed from both joint surfaces to leave two surfaces of boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst....

Arthritic Joint Surfaces Removed

Next, a small cutting tool called a burr is used to make holes in the bones of the finger joint.

Initial Opening Made in Metacarpal

The artificial finger joint has a stem on each side that is inserted into the canals created in the bone of the finger and the metacarpal joint.

Artificial Joint Inserted

The surgeon then completes the operation by using the tendonstendonsFibrous bands, one at each end of a muscle, that connect the muscle to bones. and ligaments around the joint to form a tight sack to hold the implant in place. The skin is sutured together and a splint is applied. Patients will probably be in a splint, brace or cast for six weeks.

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine whether an orthopaedic implant is an appropriate course of treatment. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. The performance of the new joint depends on weight, activity level, age and other factors. These need to be discussed with doctor.


Oct 29 2014 - 14:52:41