For individuals with thumb arthritis, joint replacement surgery may offer the relief they seek if conservative treatments have not been effective. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to replace damaged portions of the joint with living tissue in order to relieve thumb pain and restore mobility in the hand. Thumb replacement generally requires ligament reconstruction for stability and joint replacement for pain relief. Recovery typically involves occupational therapy to help rehabilitate the joint and regain range of motion. Many patients who have received this treatment have been able to return to their normal daily activities and hobbies after a period of recovery.

Thumb joint replacement can be performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, such as Dr. Richard Gray, M.D., of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Dr. Gray:

  • Is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Has more than 20 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery
  • Completed fellowship training focused on hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery
  • Has provided life-changing hand surgery in third-world countries as a volunteer through Operation Rainbow

Dr. Gray has helped countless patients find relief from thumb arthritis and other orthopaedic conditions that can affect the thumb, fingers, and wrist joints. In addition to his high level of expertise, Dr. Gray also prides himself in taking a patient-first approach in his practice. He ensures that his patients know exactly what to expect before receiving joint surgery or any other treatment option.

Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray. He will be happy to discuss your thumb condition and determine if thumb joint replacement surgery is the right option for you.

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