Thumb CMC Arthroplasty Specialists in Louisville, KY
Thumb CMC arthroplasty is a specialty of Dr. Nicholas Foeger—an experienced hand surgeon here at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Foeger is among a select few orthopedic surgeons with the specialized training and skill necessary to perform thumb joint replacements and other complex hand procedures.
When Is a Thumb CMC Arthroplasty Necessary?
CMC arthroplasty is a viable treatment option for some patients with thumb arthritis. This condition is characterized by the injury- or age-related degeneration of the smooth cartilage that cushions the bones within the joint. When cartilage wears away, debilitating stiffness and pain from bone-on-bone contact can occur. While conservative measures may help relieve the discomfort, surgery to replace the damaged joint surfaces is usually the most effective option.
What Does a Thumb CMC Arthroplasty Involve?
The CMC (carpometacarpal) joint connects the bones that form the base of your thumb. This joint allows the thumb to grip and gives it a wide range of motion. During a CMC arthroplasty—or joint replacement—one of the bones that makes up this joint is removed and replaced with a wrist flexor tendon. Long-term studies have shown that thumb function can often be sufficiently restored through this procedure. Many patients can begin using their thumb again about six weeks after surgery, although it may take six months to one year to fully regain function.
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If disruptive thumb pain or stiffness is impacting your quality of life, contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Foeger and our friendly professionals can evaluate your symptoms and explain what treatment options may be available to you, including thumb CMC arthroplasty and other innovative procedures. Telemedicine appointments are also available. Our team looks forward to speaking with you.