These procedures have been shown to be as successful as the current standard of care, that of an interposition arthroplasty for the thumb.
Other joints in the hand and fingers do use the above implants for joint replacement.
Once surgery has finished, the thumb will be protected and placed into a splint. Pain medication will be required to control discomfort.
Keeping your hand elevated as much as possible will also help reduce swelling as well as pain.
As you begin to heal, physical therapy or occupational therapy will help you to regain motion, strength, and coordination at the CMC joint.
Is Thumb Joint Arthroplasty Painful?
The procedure usually requires either general or local anesthesia. These medications will block any pain during the surgical procedure.
You may feel some discomfort following the surgery. However, you can relieve pain using over-the-counter pain relief.
How Long Does It Take To Recover from CMC (Thumb) Arthroplasty?
Recovery requires a period of immobilization followed by therapy. The thumb will be immobilized for approximately 3 months, this can vary per physician.
Most patients continue to make progress with their recovery for many months after surgery, even up to a year.
Most patients recover with little or no pain, restored grip strength, and improved overall function.