This handout explains the follow-up care after joint replacement (arthroplasty) of the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint. During surgery, the painful and arthritic joint was replaced with new components to allow the joint to move without pain. A splint has been used to maintain your fingers in as straight a position as possible. If the splint feels tight, it’s okay to unwrap and rewrap the Ace bandages. Because of the local anesthetic that we used, you may notice a numbness or tingling sensation in your fingers for several hours. This is normal and should dissipate within a few days.
If the skin around the incision is red or if there is drainage coming out of it please call us right away. The phone number is at the bottom of this page. Go to the emergency room if this occurs at night or on a weekend. We recommend that you start physical therapy within 2-3 days after surgery to introduce gentle range of motion exercises. If you do not have an appointment to begin post-operative therapy, please contact our office and we will coordinate that for you.