Your hands and wrists are essential tools that allow you to work, play and perform everyday activities. How well the hand and wrist interact depends on the integrity and function of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints and bones.
Problems in any of these can affect upper extremity function, causing disruptions at home and work and negatively impacting quality of life.
The human hand itself is very complex and delicate in structure. At some time in life, you may experience hand or wrist pain.
When you think about how to relieve arthritic knee and hip pain the answer is often easy – joint replacement. But did you know that if you suffer from pain due to thumb arthritis you have options, including an innovative new joint replacement procedure.
Dr. Henry Backe, fellowship-trained hand surgeon provides this thumb replacement surgery for active patients looking to regain function of their thumb and relieve pain.
The procedure uses a system called the Stablyx hemi-arthroplasty by Skeletal Dynamics. Dr. Backe describes the procedure, “When we perform this surgery, we use an implant to replace one side of the thumb joint. The Stablyx implant is used at the base of the metacarpal bone to mimic normal anatomy and replace the structure of the damaged joint. This allows you to keep a more natural structure and function of your thumb versus other surgical options.”
This surgery, unlike the traditional procedures used to relieve thumb arthritis (Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition or LRTI), keeps the bone at the base of the thumb (trapezium) intact. As part of the procedure, this bone is recontoured to closely match the original natural shape.