CMC Arthroplasty Specialists

The Hand Center

Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Glastonbury, CT, Hartford, CT, Tolland, CT & Bloomfield, CT

To relieve the pain of severe arthritis in the connective joint between your thumb and wrist, you could need CMC arthroplasty. The surgical team at The Hand Center, with offices in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, uses the latest surgical techniques to repair or replace a damaged carpometacarpal (CMC) joint to restore its function and end your pain. If you have chronic arthritis pain in your thumb, schedule a diagnostic consultation by calling The Hand Center office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online.

CMC Arthroplasty Q & A

What is CMC arthroplasty?

Your thumb connects to your wrist at the first carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. This joint makes many movements of your hand possible. It also makes the joint vulnerable to arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease that can lead to joint damage and deformities.

As arthritis in the CMC joint gets worse, it can interfere with your usual activities and even take away from your quality of life including basic self-care tasks. You can experience symptoms in this joint that include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness

Over time, it can become increasingly difficult for you to move the CMC joint normally. Without treatment, your joint can become deformed.

How is arthritis in the CMC joint treated?

Initial treatment of arthritis in any joint, including the CMC joint, typically involves medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation and hand therapy to strengthen muscles that support your joint.

If this conservative care isn’t enough to relieve your symptoms or if your arthritis is advanced and already causing a joint deformity, the team at The Hand Center will usually recommend surgery using CMC arthroplasty.

What’s involved in CMC arthroplasty?

Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on removing damaged parts of your joint or the entire joint and replacing it with a tendon. The new joint works just like a healthy natural joint and ensures that you enjoy long-term relief from pain and a significant improvement in your joint’s function and mobility.

In some cases, when the joint doesn’t need to be replaced, your surgeon at The Hand Center can resurface the ends of your bones to increase the joint’s range of motion and ease your pain.

The Hand Center surgeons can often use minimally invasive techniques to repair or replace the CMC joint. This means they only need to make a small incision near your thumb to access and treat the joint. This reduces your risk of scarring, infection, and bleeding.

Following a CMC arthroplasty, you need time to recover and can expect to need hand therapy to promote healing and restore the function of your CMC joint, your wrist, and your thumb.

To find out if you’re a candidate for CMC arthroplasty to treat painful arthritis, schedule a consultation at The Hand Center office nearest you by phone or by requesting an appointment online today.