Arthritis is a common condition affecting many joints of the body. It can be caused by damage to the joints through wear and tear as we age, previous injuries and various autoimmune diseases.
The base of the thumb is a common joint for arthritis to affect. Treatment options depend on the joints involved and the severity and duration of symptoms. Non-operative treatment options include splinting and exercises. There are many different surgical options available for trapeziometacarpal joint (basal thumb) arthritis. While many surgeons remove the entire trapezium, we have found that partial resection of the trapezium produces the best functional outcome with resolution of pain. This procedure is done through 2 small ‘keyhole’ (arthroscopic) portals.