Thumb/Basal Joint Arthritis Surgery
About Thumb/Basal Joint Arthritis Surgery
In most cases, a ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition (LRTI) technique is used to alleviate arthritis of the thumb. This can restore thumb movement and eliminate pain. During this outpatient procedure, surgeons remove the arthritic joint and replace it with a graft from one of your tendons to stabilize the thumb. Because tendons are used, rather than a metal or plastic implant that can wear out, the surgery can provide a long-term solution.