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Can joint replacement surgery for RA be done on the fingers?

Noel Henley, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Yes.

The most common and beneficial joints that can be replaced are the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint and the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint.

The MCP is the large joint at the base of the finger; most people refer to this as their "knuckle". The PIP joint is in the middle of the finger. Rings are worn between the PIP and MCP joints of the finger.

Joint replacements for RA are usually made of silicone, but some surgeons are using metal and plastic joints as well.

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