Duke Orthopaedics hand surgeons offer thumb joint replacement surgery (or thumb CMC surgery) to relieve pain associated with arthritis of the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint in the thumb.
The CMC joint, or basal joint, is located at the base of the thumb, adjacent to the wrist. It is responsible for the movement and stability of the thumb.
Because of this unique amount of movement at the thumb base, degenerative arthritis often immobilizes the thumb and causes pain for patients, particularly during pinching and grabbing activities.
Our doctors are skilled at recognizing patients who would benefit from thumb CMC surgery.
We take a thorough history of each patient and carefully assess the hand and wrist for sources of pain and dysfunction. We may order additional tests such as X-rays or MRIs to get a better look at the deteriorating cartilage.
Duke hand surgeons carefully assess the extent of each patient’s arthritis and recommend surgery appropriate for the patient’s unique needs.
Surgery may involve arthroplasty (removing part of an arthritic joint and replacing with a prosthetic implant, tendon graft, or other implant), with or without reconstruction of ligaments at the base of the thumb. For some patients, arthroscopic treatment or joint fusion may be considered.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke orthopaedic provider in the Triangle of North Carolina. We see patients from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and beyond.
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