Proximal Interphalangeal replacement

Posted by jessiel @jessiel, Jan 22 10:16pm

Dec 28, 2022 I had a replacement. The burning in the incision is horrible, any tips? I am in OT and wearing a brace on the finger to protect it.

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Hello @jessiel, Welcome to Connect. Hoping since it's still pretty early in your recovery process that the pain will get less and less as you recover. From what I've read it's really important to keep the hand elevated. While we wait for members with experience to share, here are some suggestions I found that you might find helpful if your care team didn't send you home with something similar.

— After Your PIP Joint Replacement Surgery — Self-care and follow-up:
https://healthonline.washington.edu/sites/default/files/record_pdfs/After_Your_PIP_Joint_Replacement_Surgery_6_11.pdf
Did they send you home with any pain medications or have you tried any over the counter meds to help with the pain?

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I’m a 58 year old male with severe osteoarthritis in my hands. No pain, I’ve just watched them deteriorate over the past 7 years to the point where I’m now considering surgery and having the pip joints replaced

I would have done sooner but I’ve battled throat cancer and a broken wrist over the past 2.5 years

I’m looking for individuals that have had their PIP joints replaced and the outcome of same, also whether any of the replaced joints were already fused before the surgery.

Appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you

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@timhtx

I’m a 58 year old male with severe osteoarthritis in my hands. No pain, I’ve just watched them deteriorate over the past 7 years to the point where I’m now considering surgery and having the pip joints replaced

I would have done sooner but I’ve battled throat cancer and a broken wrist over the past 2.5 years

I’m looking for individuals that have had their PIP joints replaced and the outcome of same, also whether any of the replaced joints were already fused before the surgery.

Appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you

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Hi @timhtx, I moved your discussion and combined it with an existing discussion titled: "Proximal Interphalangeal replacement" – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/proximal-interphalangeal-replacement/. @jessiel also talked about their experience with this surgery.

@timhtx, what is your timeline for the surgery? Have you fused some of your joints already?

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Ok, thank you I will review. I’ve two fingers that have fused naturally in an ok form. My doctor / surgeon tells me that they can break and repair the fuse with an implant, this was different to an earlier conversation on the same topic where I was told it wasn’t possible. Hence I’m researching solutions/options

No set timeline for surgery. I’ve not pain and my fingers already deteriorated….. I will probably aim for a late February treatment

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