What is a CMC surgery?
One type of surgery is called a thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint arthroplasty. This surgery is done to relieve pain in your thumb and wrist and give you movement of the thumb. It is often done as an outpatient surgery.
How long is recovery for CMC arthroplasty?
The first 6 weeks are tough with pain, weakness, and stiffness in the thumb. Most patients have minimal pain by 3 months after surgery. Your symptoms will continue to improve with improvements in ability to do more activities every 3 months.
What is CMC suspension?
Carpometacarpal Suspensionplasty is performed on patients who suffer from basal joint arthritis found within the trapezium bone of the carpometacarpal joint (CMC) resulting in joint space narrowing, instability, and dislocation.
What does CMC mean in orthopedics?
The carpometacarpal (CMC) joint of the first ray is a diarthrodial saddle joint comprised of two major articulations, the trapeziometacarpal articulation to the thumb and the scaphotrapezial articulation, as well as two lesser articulations, the trapeziotrapezoid and the trapeziometacarpal to the index finger.
How is a CMC arthroplasty performed?
Thumb CMC arthroplasty involves removing the small wrist bone that is part of the CMC joint and replacing it with a wrist flexor tendon. During the procedure, a small incision (approximately 1.5 inches) is made over the CMC joint, and the trapezium wrist bone is removed.
When is a CMC arthroplasty needed?
The carpometacarpal joint is located at the base of the thumb and aids in many hand movements. When the cartilage shock absorber wears away, surgeons may recommend an arthroplasty to remove and replace the joint with a skin graft or an artificial implant made out of silicone, metal, or pyrocarbon.
When should I get CMC surgery?
Surgery is recommended when nonsurgical intervention has failed. Oral and topical pain medication can provide localized pain relief for mild cases of thumb arthritis. Splints can help decrease thumb pain by supporting the joint and limiting movement around the area.
How painful is CMC arthroplasty?
You will generally have no pain, and the numbing medication usually lasts about 8 or more hours, so you will leave the surgery center with no pain.
What is thumb arthroplasty surgery?
Thumb arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to treat arthritis affecting the joint at the base of the thumb. This surgery helps restore mobility and function to the thumb.
How successful is thumb joint surgery?
Pros: Removing the entire trapezium eliminates the possibility of arthritis returning and, according to Dr. Ruch, LRTI has a 96 percent success rate. “Most patients achieve complete pain relief and mobility equal to that of a healthy thumb, with results lasting at least 15 to 20 years,” he says.