Osteoarthritis commonly affects the basal joint of the thumb and interphalangeal joints of the fingers. As we age, our joint surfaces degenerate and can cause pain, joint deformity and limitation in our daily lives and activities.
When osteoarthritic pain is severe and oral analgesics are no longer effective, surgery is a recommended next option for relief. The surgery depends on the joint involved and the severity of osteoarthritis. This can include fusion of the joint, joint replacement or bone removal and ligament reconstruction of the thumb.
This procedure is for those that have had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis and are seeking a more permanent pain relief.
Surgery for arthritis is highly effective and can often provide permanent relief to pain and restoration of the function of the hand, fingers and thumb. Most patients experience immediate improvement in their symptoms although this varies between patients. In the vast majority of patients, results are often life-long however very occasionally some patients may having recurring symptoms a few years after surgery.
During your first consultation your surgeon will discuss what you’d like to achieve, any expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication. Your surgeon will often arrange for x-rays to be performed to confirm the diagnosis prior to surgery. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed.
Please ensure you have arranged someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out at home for a few days. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly.
Osteoarthritis surgery is performed under general anesthetic or a light sedation with local anesthetic. Whichever you choose, you will be very comfortable and experience no pain during the surgery.
As with any surgery there are some risks involved such as:
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
To best prepare for our initial conversation and to better understand your goals, please fill out the form and we will be in touch with you to confirm the availability of your preferred surgeon.
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