Specializing in Thumb Joint Reconstruction Surgery
Awarding-Winning Orthopedic Services in Orange County
Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects over 32 million adults in America.1 As you age, the likelihood that Osteoarthritis will affect at least one
of your joints is quite common. Many people will lose function in the
affected joint, but when that joint in the thumb, it can make everyday
activities extremely difficult.
While most cases of Osteoarthritis of the thumb can be treated with non-surgical
options such as NSAID medication (such as ibuprofen), joint immobilization,
modified activities, steroid injections, physical therapy and even supplements
such as glucosamine chondroitin sulfate and turmeric, in more severe cases,
surgery may be the best treatment.
The most common surgery to treat osteoarthritis of the thumb is called
ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition arthroplasty, also referred
to as LRTI Joint Reconstruction. LRTI surgery remains one of the most
popular procedures for thumb joint reconstruction surgery because it preserves
motion while also effectively relieving pain.
Thumb Joint Reconstruction Surgery involves making an incision over the
region of the thumb basilar joint and removing the trapezium (one of the
bones in the thumb joint) and cushioning or suspending the thumb joint
with the patient’s own tissue (flexor carpi radialis tendon) to
reconstruct the joint.
What to expect from Thumb Joint Reconstruction Surgery
LRTI is typically a same-day procedure performed at a surgery center and
involves general anesthesia or a regional axillary block (nerve block).
Patients typically will go home with a splint to help immobilize the wrist
and thumb for 2 weeks. Patients are then placed into a cast for approximately
4 weeks and then transitioned to a brace. The immobilization period can
vary by patient, but typically patients can expect a complete recovery
after thumb joint reconstruction surgery anywhere between 12 weeks to one year.
Find a Hand Surgeon
Our Board-Certified, fellowship-trained hand specialists are experts at
in thumb joint reconstruction surgery to treat thumb osteoarthritis. Hoag
Orthopedic Institute is ranked as one of the top Orthopedic Hospitals
by U.S. News & World Report in 2019-2020.
If you have exhausted non-surgical treatment options and feel it’s
time to consider surgery, schedule an appointment with a Hoag Orthopedic
Institute Hand Doctor today to help alleviate your hand pain and get back
to your daily activities.
Find a hand surgeon who specializes in thumb joint reconstruction surgery
Call us at
(855) 999-4641 to make an appointment.
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