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Posted by jon on July 14, 2000 at 12:07:01:

In Reply to: Thumb joint replacement posted by John on March 27, 2000 at 19:27:07:

: Arthritis has caused a degeneration of my right thumb joint where it meets the hand. Injections don't last. My doctor is talking about a thumb joint replacement. Has anyone out there had this procedure? What does it involve? What are the results? Thanks.

Had this joint replaced wed of this week (2 days ago). am typing left handed;pls forgive errors.
be aware there is a new procedure in addition to the traditional one of using a vestigial tendon
which is rolled up to form a new cartilege. this new procedure uses a titanium ball and plastic
(possibly ceramic?) socket. first dr i talked to didn"t even mention this option, so glad i got second opinion.
the latter procedure, which i got, involves longer recovery (about 2 wks more) but should give
more strength, i'm told. painful so far, but that's expected. will be worth it. i am a professional
pilot so need all strength/mobility possoble. only bad part so far is that doc won't even
consider a return to work (non-flying duties) until i see him in 2 wks.

injections/anti-inflammatory didn't work for me so am delighted if this works. good luck.

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