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What are the disadvantages of hand and wrist surgery?

There can be some disadvantages to hand and wrist surgery:

  • Replacement joints, for example new knuckle joints, aren’t as hard-wearing or long-lasting as natural joints.
  • You'll have scars at the site of the cut (incision).
  • Some operations reduce joint movement.
  • There are possible complications of surgery, for example swelling, stiffness or infection.
  • Occasionally small nerves around the incision can be damaged, leading to patches of numbness.


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