Metacarpal-phalangeal joint arthroplasty of the rheumatoid thumb.

  title={Metacarpal-phalangeal joint arthroplasty of the rheumatoid thumb.},
  author={Mark P. Figgie and A E Inglis and M. Sobel and W W Bohn and David A. Fisher},
  journal={The Journal of hand surgery},
  volume={15 2},
Fifty patients with rheumatoid arthritis had 59 Swanson implants of the metacarpal-phalangeal joint of the thumb. Eleven patients (15 implants) have since died and only 1 patient (1 implant) has been lost to follow-up leaving 43 implants available for study. The most common preoperative deformity was a boutonniere deformity with a flexible interphalangeal joint. All thumbs had less pain after operation. The average range of active motion is 25 degrees, with a flexion arc from 15 to 40 degrees… CONTINUE READING
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