Joint Implants for Your Fingers

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Arthritis in your hands can be the most debilitating form of arthritis, affecting everyday activities such as writing and cooking. One treatment option is artificial joint replacement surgery.

Artificial implants for your fingers and thumb are the latest advancements in the treatment of arthritis. The need for the implants compares with the need for implants in the knee, hip, shoulder, foot and ankle.

The joints in your hand are cushioned with cartilage. When the cartilage wears out or is damaged, joints become stiff and bone-on-bone pain occurs.

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common arthritic conditions affecting the fingers, particularly the joints known as MCP (the joints at the beginning of the finger) and PIP joints (the joints between the first two bones of each finger). The result may be painful, deformed, or poorly functional fingers.

Artificial joint implants are designed to relieve your pain and can help restore function in your hand.

"Artificial joint replacement surgery can be an excellent solution to the problem." says Robert M. Baltera, M.D., hand surgeon with the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.

If you are suffering from arthritis call us today at 1-800-888-HAND to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians.