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I had a base thumb joint replacement a year ago and I am still have pain. What can I do?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Replaced how?
Basilar thumb arthritis is a very common condition.
Treatment results with surgery are generally quite good, especially pain relief. Typically the arthritic bone, the trapezium, is removed. It can be replaced by tendon or hematoma, with similar results. Things can get complicated when artificial replacements, such as metals and plastics, are used. Sometimes it's just a painful scar, c your doc!

In brief: Replaced how?
Basilar thumb arthritis is a very common condition.
Treatment results with surgery are generally quite good, especially pain relief. Typically the arthritic bone, the trapezium, is removed. It can be replaced by tendon or hematoma, with similar results. Things can get complicated when artificial replacements, such as metals and plastics, are used. Sometimes it's just a painful scar, c your doc!
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