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Thumb Joint Replacement

If your in need of a thumb joint replacement, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Thumb Joint Replacement?

Thumb joint replacement, also known as thumb arthroplasty or carpometacarpal (CMC) joint replacement, is a surgical procedure performed to address severe thumb arthritis or joint damage that causes significant pain and limits hand function. The procedure involves removing the damaged joint surfaces of the thumb and replacing them with artificial implants or prostheses.

Thumb joint replacement is typically recommended when non-surgical treatments, such as medications, splinting, and physical therapy, have failed to provide adequate relief. It is commonly performed for arthritis affecting the base of the thumb, specifically the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

The Process Of A Thumb Joint Replacement

During the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision at the base of the thumb and carefully remove the damaged joint surfaces. The artificial implants are then inserted into the thumb joint to recreate the joint structure and restore smooth movement. The implants are designed to mimic the natural shape and function of the thumb joint, allowing for improved mobility and reduced pain.

After the surgery, a period of rehabilitation and hand therapy is typically recommended to help regain strength, flexibility, and function in the thumb. Physical therapy exercises, splinting, and specialized hand exercises may be prescribed to optimize recovery and promote proper healing.

Thumb joint replacement can provide significant pain relief, improve thumb function, and enhance overall hand strength and dexterity. However, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with the surgery, including infection, implant loosening, nerve or blood vessel damage, and limited range of motion.

The success of thumb joint replacement depends on various factors, including the patient’s overall health, the severity of thumb arthritis, and adherence to postoperative rehabilitation. It is essential to have a thorough discussion with a healthcare professional to understand the potential benefits, risks, and expected outcomes of thumb joint replacement surgery based on individual circumstances.


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