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Joint Replacement for Severe Wrist Arthritis

By May 20, 2014August 18th, 2015Blog Post

Patient with severe arthritis such as this patient with rheumatoid arthritis have wrist pain and limited motion with destruction of the joint (Figure 1) . Sometimes steroid injections and braces can provide long term relief. When these are not effective, surgery can be necessary. To relieve wrist pain a fusion has been recommended where the wrist is fixed with a plate to make it solid thus removing motion but providing pain relief. Another option is wrist replacement to allow joint motion while still providing pain relief. (Figure 2- a clinical picture of the implanted joint) (Figure 3- X-ray of the replacement).