I have had osteo arthritis for a few years in my fingers with very pronounced Heberdon's nodes and severe pain and constant inflammation in my left hand ring finger. This is particularly a problem because I am a fairly serious guitar player. One hand specialist Ortho told me to stop playing guitar which is not an option. He gave me a cortisone shot which helped immensely for a couple of months so when it started hurting again I went back for another and he said I could not keep getting shots or it would cause damage and make things worse. I still got the second shot and it did not help. I am in severe pain most all of the time although Celebrex and Voltaren gel help a bit. I am learning to play guitar without using that finger although it is difficult not to end up using it some.
Two hand specialist orthos and one rheumy have told me that, while there is finger joint surgery, it is not very effective and could cause me to lose use of the finger--it is mainly to relieve pain. Since I am only 48 they seem to think it is not a good option but I can't go on this way so I am thinking about surgery. My finger is pretty useless anyway.
I welcome any input and have 2 questions:
1. Has anyone ever had surgery to replace finger joints and, if so, what were the results?
2. Does anyone know of a surgeon who specializes in musicians hands? I can' be the first. I am willing to travel if I can find the right doc.
Thanks in advance for answers or any insight.