A thumb joint replacement removes damaged cartilage and bone in the thumb and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability.
Also Known As:
- Joint replacement
- Thumb replacement
- Thumb arthroplasty
Conditions Treated with Thumb Joint Replacement:
Thumb joint replacement is utilized to treat thumb arthritis, injury to the thumb, and thumb pain.
Non-surgical alternatives to thumb joint replacement include pain medication, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Surgical alternatives include arthroscopic thumb replacement and thumb fusion.
Anesthesia with Thumb Joint Replacement:
Thumb joint replacement can be performed with either local or general anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Thumb Joint Replacement:
Possible risks following thumb joint replacement include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the artificial thumb joint to become dislocated, and for there to be little to no improvement in mobility.
Prognosis after Thumb Joint Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result following thumb joint replacement is good.
Recovery from Thumb Joint Replacement:
The total amount of recovery time after thumb joint replacement is three to five weeks.