Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and is a disabling disease that can affect the appearance and the function of the hands and other parts of the body. It can often deforms finger joints and force the fingers into a bent position that hampers movement.
Disabilities caused by rheumatoid arthritis can often be managed without surgery, such as wearing special splints or using physical therapy to strengthen the weakened areas. For some patients, however, surgery offers the best solution. Whether or not to have surgery is a decision you should make in consultation with Dr. Lesavoy and your rheumatologist.
Surgeons such as Dr. Lesavoy can repair or reconstruct almost any area of the wrist or hand by removing tissue from inflamed joints, implanting artificial joints, or repositioning tendons. Your hand may not regain its full use, but you can generally expect a significant improvement in the hand’s appearnce and function. It is however important to remember that surgical repair doesn’t eliminate the rheumatoid arthritis, which can continue to cause damage to your hand, and may result in requiring further surgery, and you’ll still need to see your rheumatologist for continuing care.