Wrist, Hand, Finger Arthrodesis

The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey provides comprehensive treatment plans by the most highly skilled Orthopedic Hand & Wrist Specialists.

What is Wrist, Hand, Finger Arthrodesis?

Joint fusion or arthrodesis is a surgical procedure that fuses a joint to eliminate pain associated with movement. A wrist, hand, or finger arthrodesis may be indicated when nonsurgical and possibly surgical treatment options do not improve osteoarthritis or traumatic injury symptoms. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. The following steps are used:

Incision. An small incision is made over the affected joint.
Exposure. Muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues are carefully moved so the surgeon can view the joint.
Removal. Damaged bone and cartilage are removed.
Bone Graft. Bone graft or bone harvested from the patient is placed into the joint.
Fixation. Adjacent bones are fixated to one another with a small plate and screws.

After the incision is carefully closed and sterilely dressed, the patient is placed in a comfortable custom-made splint. The patient’s joint is immobilized in a splint then cast then removable brace as bone graft fuses with existing bone to form a single solid bone that does not move but causes no pain.

What Does Wrist, Hand, Finger Arthrodesis Treat?

When the conditions below reach severe stages and do not respond to nonsurgical treatments, a wrist, hand, or finger arthrodesis may be recommended.

Osteoarthritis. A chronic condition that destroys joint bone and cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis. An autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its own bone and cartilage.
Fractures. Traumatic accidents or injuries may cause severe fractures that cannot heal.

Although the joint cannot move after surgery, the procedure is very effective at eliminating pain and improving quality of life. At Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) Hand Specialist Dr. Clint Ferenz performs wrist, hand, and finger arthrodesis procedures. Please make an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms and ready for a treatment solution.

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