Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis removes tissue from inflamed joints, repositions tendons, or even implants artificial joints to repair or reconstruct almost any area of the hand or wrist.


Though you may not regain full use of the hand, you can generally expect a significant improvement in function and appearance. It's important to remember, however, that surgical repair does not eliminate the underlying disease. Rheumatoid arthritis can continue to cause damage to your hand, and may require further surgery. Individuals who have had surgery for rheumatoid arthritis will also need to see a rheumatologist for continuing care.