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What joints benefit most from joint fusion surgery for osteoarthritis?

Rachel Rohde, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The joints that benefit most from joint fusion surgery for osteoarthritis are the "DIP" or "distal interphalangeal" joints. These are the joints next to the fingernail, which often are affected by painful arthritis. Most patients with painful arthritis at these joints already have lost motion, so a fusion alleviates the pain without sacrificing much.

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