Orthpaedic Specialist Dr. Steinberg Answers Questions About Thumb Arthritis

QUESTION: If I have surgery to replace the arthritic joint of my thumb (first CMC joint) how long will the recovery take? I have been told by hand surgeons here in Jacksonville that it takes a year.

ANSWER: While the older techniques would take a year for recovery, the vast majority of patients with more advanced techniques will be using the thumb at six weeks and finish their recovery process by 10 weeks.

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