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31st August, 2003
I am currently giving serious consideration to thumb joint replacement surgery because of pain associated with osteoarthritis. (Although I was very interested that you talked about being “double jointed” because my whole life I have been told I was “double jointed” and my thumbs have always been very flexible!) I am not a piano player (darn!) but I am very very active and am getting to the point where my thumbs are preventing me from doing things I love to do, as well as things I NEED to do! Anyhow, I was told that I have tried everything known to man to treat the pain, and since nothing has worked, my only option is the trapeziectomy and suspension arthoplasty. Yuck. Your letter on the Internet (see First successful thumb joint replacement in NZ - by Valerie Needham) is the first I have ever heard of an implant.
On 9th December, 2003 Marianne wrote:
I wish that the procedure (Valerie) had done was available in the States...I can't find anything about it anywhere here. But Valerie's story is a little ray of hope that there might be something out there besides the awful prospect of the joint replacement procedure they currently do!