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Denervation of the Metacarpophalangeal Joint

Arenas-Prat, Joan MD*,†

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2014 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 158–159
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000057

Metacarpophalangeal joint osteoarthritis is a relatively common condition that hand surgeons have to deal with. When daily activities are impaired by pain and all conservative measures have failed, surgical treatments such as arthrodesis or joint replacement are indicated. In this article, a technique for joint denervation is presented as a treatment for painful degenerative or posttraumatic osteoarthritis. Its preliminary results, potential complications, and contraindications are also discussed.

*Serveis Mèdics Penedès, Department of Orthopaedics, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK

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

Reprints: Joan Arenas-Prat, MD, Serveis Mèdics Penedès, Department of Orthopaedics, St Digna 1, 08720 Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. E-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins