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Surgical cleaning of dip joints



I wonder if you could give me the following information, please:

Is surgical cleaning (removal of bone spur and washing of cartilage) a good option for bone spurs accompanying early (diagnosed) osteoarthritis of the DIP joints?


It is not my customary practice to refer an individual to an Orthopaedic surgeon for early osteoarthritis of the end knuckle of the finger (distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint) with or without a bone spur. Typically, I would refer someone for surgical evaluation with the clinical combination of more advanced osteoarthritis, moderate-to-severe pain symptoms, and functional loss.

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Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University