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finger/thumb 3d printed dip joint & cartridge

Discussion in 'Other joint replacements discussion forum' started by Qtmspin, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Qtmspin

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    Hello @Qtmspin - and :welome:

    Your index finger looks painful! Did you have an accident?

    I'll ask @Josephine , our forum Nurse Director, to talk to you.

    By the way, I've edited your post, so that the web sites you mentioned actually provide links to those sites now.
     
  3. Josephine

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    Hi Qtmspin and welcome to BoneSmart!

    For those who want to know, a DIP joint is the Distal Inter Phalangeal joint which is the end joint. But the middle joint is the PIP joint (Proximal Inter Phalangeal).

    I've many years experience in this kind of surgery and I can tell you without reservation that that finger is never going to be suitable for a joint replacement. It's too deformed and the DIP joint has too much damage. You have to bear in mind that the phalangeal bones are minute, about the size of a bone out of the tip of a chicken wing, so working on it to received such an implant would be pretty near impossible. Even a silastic implant would be unlikely to be very successful. So the suggestion of a fusion is by far the best remedy for this situation.

    finger silastic-horz.jpg

    Plus the sites you have given links to are about hip and knee replacements which are not really the same.
     

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