During arthroscopic finger fusion, the bones in the finger joint are joined together with screws. This locks the finger in place to reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Arthroscopic joint fusion-finger
- Arthroscopic finger joint fusion
- Arthroscopic finger arthrodesis
- Finger arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Hand surgery
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Finger Fusion:
Arthroscopic finger fusion is utilized in order to treat chronic sepsis, severe finger pain, and finger injury, in addition to arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the finger.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic finger fusion include pain medication, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, physical therapy, strength training and the use of a finger brace. Finger joint replacement is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Finger Fusion:
Arthroscopic finger fusion can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure. Local or regional anesthesia can also be used.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Finger Fusion:
Possible risks following arthroscopic finger fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Finger Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic finger fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.