Thumb Arthritis



THUMB ARTHRITIS
is common in those over 45 years of age. Patients with this most often first develop laxity in the ligaments at the base of the thumb which allows for more motion, this in turn causes increased wear and tear on the joint cartilage and eventual arthritis. Pain is at the base of the thumb and grasping objects firmly is sometimes very difficult. The treatment first attempted is injection of the joint between the metacarpal bone of the thumb and the trapezium (a bone in the wrist). Splinting is often used along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Several operative procedures including ligament reconstructions with tendon interposition, bone fusions, and sometimes joint replacement can be used depending on the occupation of the patient and the patient’s desires. These can easily be performed on an outpatient basis.

General Information

THUMB ARTHRITIS SURGERY

Duration:

Up to 90 minutes - time varies.

Insurance:
Yes, insurance is accepted for this procedure. We participate with most plans. Medicare, Commercial Insurance & Workers Compensation are accepted.

Recovery:
Unrestricted Work within 3-4 months (details at left)

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