I have had it done to both my thumbs. My right had to be redone. The first surgeon did not fill in the empty space and I develped major scar tissue with and problems. I blame the surgeon
, but wont go into that. My 2nd Hand surgeon I went to is great!!!
The right was done Nov 28, 2005 and the left was just done May 1 2006. Yes the 2nd surgeon removed the trapezium and rolled up tendon which he took from my forearm. He also place a temporay pin for stabliity. I was only cased for 10 days, then sent to OT to begin moving tip of thumb and fingers. 10 days later the temporay pin came out and to continue with OT. It is not a piece of cake by all means, but the out come is worth it. Make sure you have an extra hand around to tie shoes, and help get dressed, no zippers or buttons. Still some swelling from the one in May, but coming along. Good Luck