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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?

Surgeons undertake thumb joint replacement to address severe thumb arthritis or joint damage that causes significant pain and hampers hand function. During the procedure, surgeons remove the damaged joint surfaces of the thumb and replace them with artificial implants or prostheses.

Physicians usually advise this surgery when non-surgical treatments, like medications, splinting, and physical therapy, fail to provide sufficient relief. It’s a prevalent approach for arthritis affecting the base of the thumb, specifically the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

The Process of This Procedure

During the surgery, the surgeon makes an incision at the base of the thumb and carefully removes the damaged joint surfaces. Then, the surgeon inserts artificial implants into the thumb joint to recreate the joint structure and restore smooth movement. These implants, designed to mimic the natural shape and function of the thumb joint, enable improved mobility and reduce pain.

After the surgery, physicians usually recommend a period of rehabilitation and hand therapy to help individuals regain strength, flexibility, and function in the thumb. Physical therapists may prescribe exercises, splinting, and specialized hand exercises to promote recovery and support proper healing.

Thumb joint replacement can notably reduce pain, improve thumb function, and enhance overall hand strength and dexterity. Nevertheless, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, implant loosening, nerve or blood vessel damage, and limited range of motion.

Several factors determine the outcome of thumb joint replacement, including the patient’s overall health, the severity of thumb arthritis, and adherence to postoperative rehabilitation. Engaging in a thorough discussion with a healthcare professional is essential to understand the potential benefits, risks, and expected results of thumb joint replacement surgery tailored to individual circumstances.

 

 

If you would like to speak to an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist, give us a call at 817-697-4038, or contact us over the web. Tele-medicine appointments are also available.

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