Osteoarthritis in the joint of the base of the thumb is a very common condition affecting the above joint in 5% of female and 1.5% of males above 50 years.
This can lead to pain and decrease hand function.
If conservative treatment is not successful, the 2 surgical options are.
- Excision of the osteopathic trapezium
- Replacement of the CMC joint
Joint replacement leads to a more normal feeling, thumb with improved functional outcome in the patients that requires surgery.
This can be done as a day case under general anaesthetics or a regional block.
After surgery the patient is immobilized in a splint and receive hand therapy from a hand therapist until full recovery.
The average outcome for this procedure is an improvement in pain and hand function in 85% of patients.