Base of Thumb Arthritis - Suspensionplasty Base of Thumb Arthritis - Suspensionplasty (132 KB)




Post Operatively

(Bone has been removed and ligaments stabilised, note space at base of thumb)

  • Immediately post operatively the hand is usually quite numb due to local anaesthetic used for the surgery.
  • The thumb and wrist will be in a plaster backslab and the fingers will be free.
  • It is important to keep the hand elevated after surgery especially in the first 72 hours post op to reduce/limit swelling.
  • Keep the fingers moving, all the way straight and bent into a fist to limit stiffness and help reduce swelling.
  • May use the hand for light activities as comfortable but avoid heavy activities.
  • Keep the dressing clean and dry.
  • Review at 2 weeks for wound check and to change to removable plastic splint.
  • Begin Scar massage to soften wounds and desensitise scars.
  • Takes 6-12 months to fully recover.


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