What is Thumb Joint Arthroplasty?

Thumb joint arthroplasty is a procedure to replace part of or the entire joint at the base of the thumb. Those with advanced basilar thumb arthritis often benefit from this procedure to alleviate pain in the thumb as well as improve function. 

During this procedure, general or regional anesthesia will be used. The surgeon will create an incision over the thumb joint, through which part or all of the wrist bone will be removed. Part of the thumb bone may also be removed. He will then reconstruct your joint using cartilage, an artificial implant, or a tendon taken from your forearm. The incision will then be closed with stitches and covered with bandages. 

Thumb Joint Arthroplasty Recovery 

Following thumb joint arthroplasty, you will be given a splint to wear that will help to protect and support your thumb joint. You should also keep your hand elevated as much as possible during the first few weeks to reduce swelling. After your initial follow-up appointment with your surgeon, you will be placed in a thumb cast. Cast and pin removal will then be scheduled for three weeks later. Hand therapy will be needed to help you regain full hand motion following surgery. 

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To learn more about thumb joint arthroplasty, please contact Neaman Hand Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.

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