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Trapeziectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of the trapezium bone, which is one of the small bones in the wrist, particularly at the base of the thumb. This surgery is commonly performed to address conditions such as osteoarthritis, where the trapezium bone is affected, causing pain, swelling, and reduced mobility in the thumb joint.

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When conservative measures, including splinting and medication, are insufficient to relieve symptoms of disorders like osteoarthritis affecting the trapezium bone, trapeziectomy is frequently explored. The purpose of the procedure is to reduce discomfort, strengthen thumb function, and raise the patient’s quality of life in general. It is a salvage procedure, mainly to improve pain.

Trapeziectomy at a Glance

Procedure Time:
2 hours

Return to Work:
2-3 weeks

Full Recovery:
10-16 Weeks

£3500 (Fixed)

What to expect at the time of your surgery:

Trapeziectomy is usually performed under local anaesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake but the area around your thumb will be numbed. The surgeon makes an incision, usually in the palm or the back of the hand, to access the trapezium bone. The trapezium bone is carefully removed using surgical instruments. Depending on the specifics of your case, the surgeon may take additional steps to stabilise the joint. This can involve using nearby tissues or inserting a spacer to maintain the space between the remaining bones. Once the trapezium is removed, the incision is closed with sutures.

What to expect after your surgery:

After undergoing a trapeziectomy surgery, the initial recovery involves managing pain and discomfort, typically with prescribed medications. Immobilisation through a splint or cast is common during the immediate postoperative period to support healing. In the first few weeks, elevation and ice may be recommended to reduce swelling, and limited use of the thumb is advised. After-care appointments are essential during this phase for monitoring progress. Over subsequent weeks or months, physical therapy becomes a focal point, gradually reintroducing movement and strength to the thumb. Patients can expect a gradual return to normal activities, with full recovery potentially taking a few months. Challenges such as stiffness and swelling may be addressed with the guidance of healthcare professionals. Regular after-care follow-up appointments ensure that the recovery progresses smoothly, and patients should adhere to postoperative instructions for the best possible outcome

Trapeziectomy Prices

Trapeziectomy prices are fixed, which is £3500

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Trapeziectomy FAQ

What can I expect during the immediate postoperative period?2023-10-26T17:42:52+01:00

Patients can expect some pain and discomfort, which is usually managed with prescribed medications. Immobilization through a splint or cast may be applied to support the healing process.

When can I return to normal activities after a trapeziectomy?2023-10-26T17:44:31+01:00

The timeline for returning to normal activities varies, but patients can typically expect a gradual reintroduction of activities over several weeks or months. Full recovery and resumption of normal activities may take 10-16 weeks.

How long do the results of trapeziectomy surgery last?2023-10-26T17:46:51+01:00

The results of trapeziectomy surgery can be long-lasting, providing relief from pain and improving thumb function.

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