Base of Thumb Arthritis Katy TX
Have you noticed pain at the base of your thumb? Do you experience difficulty with writing, turning doorknobs, or opening jars? A common cause for these kind of symptoms is arthritis at the base of the thumb, called “Basilar Joint Arthritis”. This variation of arthritis affects the first carpometacarpal joint, which stabilizes the base of the thumb. Over time as the joint surface deteriorates, base of thumb arthritis can progress to constant pain, stiffness, and functional disability. DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is another cause for pain on the thumb side of the wrist and can sometimes mimic basilar joint arthritis.
Treatment Options for Base of Thumb Arthritis
While there is no cure for arthritis, there are excellent treatment options available to help alleviate your symptoms of pain and/or stiffness and regain the function of your hand.
Initially, first line treatment involves a conservative approach including supportive splints, anti-inflammatory medication, and activity modification. For patients with persisting symptoms, a steroid injection of the affected joint can offer long-lasting relief.
Surgery for Base of Thumb Arthritis
Symptomatic thumb arthritis that does not respond to conservative treatment can benefit from surgical intervention. There are several surgical options for the treatment of basilar joint arthritis. Options include:
- Osteotomy – Repositioning of the joints
- Joint fusion – Also known as arthrodesis. Permanent fusion of the joint.
- Joint replacement – The affected joint is replaced with a graft from another tendon.
- Trapeziectomy – removal of one of the bones at the joint of the thumb.
Dr. Das will discuss with you the different options and tailor a treatment plan that best suits your needs. Dr. Das can also answer any questions you may have about the procedure and go over how to prepare for your surgery and what to expect during your recovery.
Dr Das is an excellent surgeon. He is never rushed during office visits and is easy to talk to and explain things. He even took time to discuss my wife’s arthritis in her thumbs. Very satisfied.
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Cost and Payment Options
In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of hand surgery for the treatment of base of thumb arthritis. The cost of your surgery will be determined by several factors. During your consultation at The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy, Dr. Das can let you know what the expected cost of your hand surgery will be and let you know about the payment options available to you.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you think you may have arthritis at the base of the thumb, we invite you to put your hands in our hands. Contact The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy at 832-232-HAND (4263) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Das, your hand surgery specialist. Dr. Das is a board-certified plastic surgeon and certified hand surgeon who strives to provide all of our patients with the personalized surgical care they need.