What is Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors?
Thumb arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors is a surgical procedure that involves removal of damaged bone at the base of the thumb and stabilizing the thumb using special suture anchors. The Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors are specially designed for this procedure and are made of a strong, biocompatible material that helps to secure the joint and promote healing.
Indications for Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors
Thumb arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors is typically recommended for patients with severe thumb arthritis that has not responded to non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or splinting. The procedure can provide significant pain relief and improve the patient's ability to use their thumb for activities of daily living.
Preparation for Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors
Prior to the procedure, the patient will have a thorough physical examination and imaging studies such as X-rays and MRI to determine the extent of the arthritis and plan the surgery. The patient will also be instructed to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, before the procedure. The patient may be placed under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia during the procedure.
What are the steps involved in the Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors procedure?
The procedure typically involves the following steps:
- The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
- The surgeon makes an incision over the base of the thumb.
- The underlying tissue is separated to access the joint capsule.
- The trapezium bone and bone spurs are removed without damaging the tendons and other anatomical structures.
- The Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors are placed in the index and thumb metacarpal bone.
- The suture is then tensioned and secured in place lifting the joint and restoring its normal function.
- The joint capsule and incision is closed with sutures.
- The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
What are the Risks and Complications of Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors?
As with any surgery, there is always a risk of complications. Risks associated with thumb arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors include infection, bleeding, nerve or tendon injury, and failure to relieve symptoms. However, these risks are generally low and the procedure is considered safe and effective.
Recovery after Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors
Following the surgery, you will be placed in a thumb splint that leaves your fingers free. The recovery time after thumb arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors can vary depending on your overall health and the extent of the arthritis. Follow-up is generally performed 2 weeks after the surgery when the stitches are removed. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 3-4 months after the procedure.
Benefits of Thumb Arthroplasty with Arthrex FiberLock Suture Anchors
The benefits of the procedure include:
- Minimally Invasive: The procedure is performed through a small incision, which reduces tissue damage and recovery time.
- Quick Recovery: Patients can typically return to normal activities as compared to other thumb arthroplasty procedures.
- High Success Rate: The procedure has a high success rate, with patients reporting significant improvement in pain, stiffness, and motion in the thumb.
- Long Lasting: The suture material and anchors used in the procedure are strong and durable providing long-lasting results.