UK Thumb Replacements

Joint replacement is an increasingly effective treatment for arthritis of the thumb.  Compared to the alternative procedure (trapeziectomy), a prosthesis enables a better recovery in both pinch and grip strength.  Return to work or normal activity is quicker and function is restored with immediate pain relief.

The Touch®

Launched in 2014, The Touch® is the world’s first dual-mobility total thumb replacement implant. Taking surgical philosophies and clinical experience from hip surgery, where dual-mobility prostheses reduce the risks of dislocation, The Touch® has eliminated the problems seen with earlier generation implants for the thumb. It allows patients a quick return to work or play, with excellent pain relief and functional outcomes.

What is Basal Thumb Arthritis?

Basal joint arthritis is the result of the wearing away of cartilage in the joint at the base of the thumb. That’s why it is also known as thumb arthritis. The basal joint allows your thumb to move around so you can perform small everyday tasks.

It's a "Medical Marvel!"

This 46 year old, right-handed lady is a manager in a sports centre. 7 weeks after a Touch® CMCJ thumb replacement performed by Alistair Jepson in Northampton and she is back at work with a delightful manicure too!
I had the pleasure of speaking to one of our thumb replacement patients this morning. Chrisie, from Bristol has a lovely, familiar west-country accent that is as naturally recognisable as her obvious zest for life and positive personality.

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