Hand & Wrist Joint Reconstruction Surgery
If the prescribed non-operative treatment options fail to provide relief, then surgery is generally considered. There are a variety of surgical options. The option chosen should be one that has a good chance of providing long-term pain relief and a return to good function.
Unlike knee and hip replacements, joint replacements in the wrist and hand made out of metal and plastic are not always good answers for the treatment of the arthritic hand. The more reliable procedures are those in which bones are removed or fused. While limiting some mobility, these procedures have great outcomes in relieving pain and restoring function.
After any type of surgery, including joint reconstruction surgery, there is a normal period of recovery time. In many cases, the patient will be referred to an experienced hand therapist who will help maximize the recovery experience. A cast or a postoperative splint may be required for awhile. This will help protect the hand during the healing process. Of course, regular, daily activities may have to be modified during this period to allow the joint reconstruction to heal properly. Pain medication may be prescribed to help alleviate discomfort. The actual length of recovery time varies from patient to patient and greatly depends on the extent of the surgery. In most cases, patients can reasonably expect to return to most, if not all, of their normal, everyday activities within three months after most joint reconstructions.