When do I know if I need a prosthesis?
This decision is dependent on symptoms (persistent pain after non operative treatment) and X-rays which help show if a prosthesis is appropriate.
Why does a surgeon decide to put a prosthesis rather than performing a trapeziectomy?
The prosthesis allows for a better recovery in both pinch and grip strength. It corrects the distortion of the thumb by restoring length and correcting malalignment; furthermore, pain relief is more quickly obtained.
When could I resume my manual activities?
It depends on the type of activity. In the majority of cases, 3 weeks is enough to resume the basic manual activities, such as the use of a computer keyboard.
Will the prosthesis need to be changed in time?
In case of complication, a change of prosthesis or a trapeziectomy remains possible.
Will I have pain after the intervention?
This surgery is not considered as painful, as local anaesthetic is often used to minimise postoperative pain and you may take analgesics and/or anti-inflammatories as tolerated.
Are follow-up visits necessary?
Yes, for the long-term follow-up of the prosthesis.
May I travel after the intervention?
Yes, although it may be reasonable to take your x-rays showing the prosthesis with you (for example photos on your mobile).