Re: finger joint fusion
i'm just starting to do a little reading about finger joint fusion. i have been done medical transcription for 15 years, and altho hardly any of my doctors want to say that this has contributed to the incredibly swollen DIP joints of my fingers, i still say it's the reason. i'm interested in hearing from anyone who has had this procedure. i just had steroid injections in my left hand to break up inflammation in the palm of my hand, it did seem to do a pretty good job of it with the trigger finger problem, but the swelling of the joints is so gruesome looking, especially the pointer and middle fingers. if surgery is performed, does the surgery eliminate some of the swollen look of the finger? the physician's assistant who did the injections last week said the doctor goes in and scrapes away some of the excess bony formation and fuses the joint. is it strange looking? are you able to function? i like to cook. would i still be able to do these things? i'm looking for anyone's opinion on this. thanks.