Small joint replacement surgery is a type of orthopedic surgery that involves replacing the damaged or diseased small joints in the body with prosthetic implants. This procedure is typically performed on joints such as the fingers, thumb, wrist, or toes. Here are some key points related to small joint replacement:
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Recovery: Recovery after small joint replacement surgery may vary depending on the type of joint replaced and individual patient factors. However, it typically involves a period of rehabilitation and hand therapy to regain strength, flexibility, and function in the affected joint. Pain management, wound care, and adherence to post-operative instructions from the surgeon are also important for a successful recovery. Patients may need to wear splints or braces for support and protection during the healing process. Full recovery and return to normal activities may take several weeks to months, but most patients experience significant improvement in pain relief and joint function after surgery.