Gregory O'Toole - Hand Doctor, London
Rheumatoid arthritis is often well treated by medication alone. In many cases referral to Hand Therapy or to a Rheumatologist will be more appropriate than surgery.
Sometimes however, surgery can be helpful. It is particularly of benefit to treat painful inflammation (synovitis) or to correct deformity of the fingers. Of course the surgery will vary depending on the problem and a full assessment will determine what might be helpful.
Hand Therapy after surgery is important. It allows for the results of surgery to be maintained and uncomplicated by scar tissue. Hand therapy is available at the hospitals and clinics where this surgery is offered.