Introducing Digitalis: A Game-Changer in Hand Arthritis Treatment

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What is Digitalis?

Digitalis is an innovative medical device designed to alleviate pain and restore natural finger movement in patients suffering from severe forms of hand arthritis. The device consists of elastomeric silicone spacers that replace the damaged metacarpophalangeal (MCP) or proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints in the hand.

How Does Digitalis Work?

The Digitalis device is made of a soft, flexible silicone body that mimics the natural shape and function of the MCP or PIP joint. When implanted, it allows the affected finger to move smoothly and naturally, reducing pain and stiffness.

The device features:

  1. Anti-rotational stems that ensure stable positioning within the finger
  2. A hinge with a dorsal “T” design to prevent hyperextension and protect the joint
  3. A pre-flexion angle (15° for PIP implants and 30° for MCP implants) that respects the normal resting position of the fingers and minimizes stress on the silicone material
  4. A design that allows for a natural range of motion: 0-70° for PIP joints and 0-90° for MCP joints

Who Can Benefit from Digitalis?

Digitalis is indicated for use in patients with severe forms of hand arthritis, such as:

  • Arthrosis (osteoarthritis)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Destroyed joint surfaces
  • Ankylosed joints (fused joints with no movement)
  • Joints with limited range of motion
  • Non-functional joints due to improper bone alignment

Why Choose Digitalis?

  1. Restore Natural Finger Movement: Digitalis allows patients to regain a significant range of motion in their affected fingers, enabling them to perform daily tasks and enjoy a better quality of life.
  2. Reduce Pain and Stiffness: By replacing the damaged joint with a smooth, flexible silicone spacer, Digitalis helps alleviate the pain and stiffness associated with hand arthritis.
  3. Durable and Biocompatible: Made of high-quality, medical-grade silicone, Digitalis is built to last and is well-tolerated by the body, minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.
  4. Expertly Designed: Digitalis has been developed by a team of experienced orthopaedic surgeons and engineers, ensuring optimal performance and patient satisfaction.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

The implantation of Digitalis is a surgical procedure performed by a skilled orthopaedic surgeon. The procedure typically takes about an hour and is done under local or general anesthesia.

After the surgery, patients will undergo a rehabilitation program to help them regain strength and mobility in their hand. Most patients experience a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in finger function within a few weeks of the procedure.

If you are suffering from severe hand arthritis and have not found relief through conservative treatments, Digitalis may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Consult with our orthopaedic team to determine if Digitalis is right for you.

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