Hand & Wrist Care

Dr. Henry Backe is an integral part of the Orthopaedic Specialty
Group, P. C. team for over 25 years. Dr. Backe’s exceptional surgical skills are complemented by a personable style and dedication to the highest quality patient outcomes and satisfaction. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and is fellowship trained in the area of hand and wrist and joint replacement.


Hand & Wrist Specialist In The Greater Fairfield & Shelton Connecticut Areas

Dr. Backe of Orthopedic Specialty Group P.C., is a specially-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and wrist conditions and injuries. He treats hand and wrist injuries at his offices in Fairfield and Shelton, Connecticut. His patients receive a unique treatment plan matching their lifestyle and return-to-work goals. Dr. Backe offers innovative and less-invasive treatment options and state-of-the-art technologies that benefit his patients in many ways.

FAQs on STABLYX Surgery


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.

Benefits of Stablyx Joint Replacement:

Arthritis thumb pain can be extremely debilitating. If you are suffering from thumb arthritis you have difficulty opening jars, opening doors and even squeezing toothpaste from a tube. Simple everyday activities, much less work, become challenging and painful.

Dr. Backe explains, “Patients that undergo surgery for thumb arthritis are usually pleased with the results. They go from living with miserable pain and limited use of their thumb to improved function, improved range of motion and less pain. But this new procedure has further added benefits.”

The STABLYX CMC Arthroplasty System is intended to replace the base of the rstmetacarpal in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis or post fracture deformation of bone loss that present as either a painful, unstable thumb, or a thumb with limited range of motion. This implant is intended for non-cemented, press fit to use.