Found out today that the pain I've been having in my hand at the base of my thumb is due to arthritis. X-ray showed little to no cartilage between the bones. Also have bone spurs. Doctor said I will need surgery in time, when I can't deal with the pain anymore. It appears the hand is put in a cast for 6 weeks after surgery and it can take up to several months to regain full use of the hand.
Has anyone had this surgery? I'd sure like to hear from someone that's been through this.
There are two types of procedures. This is the most common:
One that hasn't been around that long is this, where the trapezium bone is left in place and a prostheses is used:
Joint replacement (arthroplasty). In this procedure, surgeons remove part or all of the joint and replace it with a graft from one of your tendons. New plastic or metal devices called prostheses also are being developed to replace the joint. Currently, however, doctors prefer soft-tissue (tendon) arthroplasty.