Like knee or hip replacement, a new hand or wrist joint can help you get back into the action.
Chances are, you know someone who has a new knee or hip joint. Maybe you have one yourself. But you probably don't know anyone sporting a high-tech wrist or finger joint. Joint replacement of the hand is less common than surgery to replace a knee or hip joint, partly because the intricate bone structure and small size of the hand make the procedure more challenging. Still, surgeons have been replacing hand joints in selected patients since the 1970s. The chief reason is arthritis, the most common cause of pain and disability in older people.
To continue reading this article, you must log in.
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.
- Research health conditions
- Check your symptoms
- Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
- Find the best treatments and procedures for you
- Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.Sign Me Up
Already a member? Login ».
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles.
No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.