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Denervation of the Distal Interphalangeal Joint

Arenas-Prat, Joan M. MD*,†

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e3182296e68

Distal interphalangeal joint osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions hand surgeons have to deal with. When daily manual activities are impaired by symptoms, surgical treatment is indicated. Usually, this is carried out by means of arthrodesis, being joint replacement another option. In this study, a technique for distal interphalangeal joint denervation is presented as a treatment for painful degenerative or posttraumatic osteoarthritis. Potential complications and contraindications are also discussed.

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*Serveis Mèdics Penedès, 1 Creu Santa Digna, Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxetter New Road, Derby, England

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Address correspondence and reprints request to Joan M. Arenas-Prat, MD, 4 Barquera, 08734 Olèrdola, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.