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Arthroscopic Thumb Arthritis Surgery

Arthroscopic CMC /Basal Joint surgery is a minimally invasive option for those who have osteoarthritis of the thumb joint.

Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis known as the “wear and tear” type: since there are so many degrees of motion, the thumb joint usually wears down quicker – meaning the smooth cartilage lining of the bone becomes rough and when it moves it grinds against the adjacent bone, causing pain. The most common complaint is pain with opening doors or jars, or starting a car with a key.

Arthroscopic CMC surgery is one of several options to treat this problem. It is probably the least invasive and the quickest recovery time. Although it may not completely alleviate all of the patient’s pain, the satisfaction rate is still high, and the advantage is that there is less down time compared to other traditional ways to treat the thumb joint arthritis. It is beneficial to consult with a hand specialist in order to make an informed decision about the best course of treatment.

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