Artificial Joint Replacement of the Finger Dodge City KS
Dodge City, KS
Orthopedics, General Surgery
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital: Pratt Reg Med Ctr, Pratt, Ks; Western Plains Reg Hosp, Dodge City, Ks
Group Practice: Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Dodge City, KS
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital: Menorah Med Ctr, Shawnee Msn, Ks; St Joseph Health Center, Kansas City, Mo; Research Med Ctr, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Kansas City Bone & Joint Clnc
Kansas City, KS
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1974
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1983
Dodge City, KS
Advanced Orthopaedics Associates
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery
Insurance Plans Accepted: Almost all insurance plans accepted.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Primary Hospital: Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center; Surgicare of Wichita
Residency Training: Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
Medical School: Darthmouth, 1982
Member Organizations: American College of Sports Medicine American Medical Association American Medical Society for Sports Medicine American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Association of North America Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeo
Kansas City, KS
Graduation Year: 2007
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital: Mercy Hosp, Fort Scott, Ks
Artificial Joint Replacement of the Finger
A Patient's Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Finger
If nonsurgical treatments are not successful in easing problems of finger arthritis, your doctor may recommend replacing the surfaces of the joint. Joint replacement surgery is called joint arthroplasty.
This guide will help you understand
What parts of the finger are involved?
The finger joints work like hinges when the fingers bend and straighten. The main knuckle joint is the metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP joint). It is formed by the connection of the metacarpal bone in the palm of the hand to the finger bone, or phalanx. Each finger has three phalanges, separated by two interphalangeal joints (IP joints). The one closest to the MCP joint (knuckle) is called the proximal IP joint (PIP joint). The joint near the end of the finger is called the distal IP joint (DIP joint).
Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones together. Several ligaments hold each finger joint together. These ligaments join to form the joint capsule of the finger joint. The joint capsule is a watertight sac around the joint. The joint surfaces are covered with a material called articular cartilage. This material is the slick, spongy material that allows one side of a joint to slide against the other joint surface easily. When this material wears out, the joint develops a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis and becomes painful.
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What does the surgeon hope to achieve?
Arthritic joint surfaces can be a source of stiffness, pain, and swelling. The artificial joint is used to replace the damaged joint surfaces so patients can do their activities with freedom of movement and less pain.
What should I do to prepare for surgery?
The decision to proceed with surgery must be made jointly by you and your surgeon. You need to understand as much about the procedure as possible. If you have concerns or questions, you should talk to your surgeon.
Once you decide on surgery, you need to take several steps. Your surgeon may suggest a complete physical examination by your regular doctor. This exam helps ensure that you are in the best possible condition to undergo the operation.
On the day of your surgery, you will probably be admitted to the hospital early in the morning. You shouldn't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before. The length of time you spend in the hospital depends a lot on your recovery from anesthesia after surgery. In general, finger joint surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning you can leave the hospital the same day.
What happens during the operation?
Before we describe the procedure, let's look first at the artificial finger joint itself.
The Artificial Fin...