Arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal joint is indicated for arthritic conditions that fail to respond to conservative treatment. This article describes the lateral approach for the insertion of a proximal interphalangeal joint implant arthroplasty. Clinical experience has confirmed good results in the nonlaborer with arthroplasty of all the digits. Ten surgeries have averaged 68° of motion with a range from 50° to 80°. No patient has required a revision 3 years after surgery.
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Accepted: April 23, 2007
Received: February 12, 2007
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