CMC arthroplasty of the thumb: a review

Hand (N Y). 2007 Dec;2(4):232-9. doi: 10.1007/s11552-007-9068-9. Epub 2007 Aug 7.


Arthritis of the first carpometacarpal (CMC) joint of the hand is a common and often debilitating disease. Diagnosis can be readily made with history, physical exam, and radiographic evaluation. Patients with advanced disease who have failed conservative treatment modalities have multiple surgical options including ligament reconstruction, resection arthroplasty, silicone implantation, tendon interposition, or total joint arthroplasty. This article will describe the variety of approaches to treatment as well as the author's preferred method.