Small Joint Replacement Surgery in the Fingers
What is an artificial joint replacement of the finger?
A joint replacement is surgery to replace a damaged joint in your body with a new joint made out of plastic or metal. The new joint works the same as your natural joint. Common joint replacement surgeries include:
- Hip replacement
- Shoulder replacement
- Knee replacement
- Hand and wrist replacement
- Ankle replacement
- Finger joint replacement
In artificial joint replacement of the finger, a surgeon removes one or more of the joints in your finger and replaces them with an artificial joint. There are two finger joints that can be replaced:
- The PIP joint is the second joint from the end of your finger.
- The MP joint is your knuckle, the joint at the base of your finger.
Joint replacement is used when the joints in your fingers and hands are injured, damaged, or in a lot of pain due to an illness like arthritis. Joint replacement of the finger is most commonly done when your symptoms are severe or don’t get better with medicine or physical therapy.