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There are several surgeries to correct joint problems in
the hand caused by
rheumatoid arthritis, including:
If surgery is needed on the wrist and fingers, the wrist is
usually done first. The position of tendons and other tissues in the wrist
determines the balance of the finger tendons. If several surgeries are needed
on the same hand, they may all be done at once.
The main goal of
surgery is to relieve pain and restore some minimal function that will allow
you to continue doing such basic activities as eating, bathing, and dressing.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerNancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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