Welcome to Healing Well, grammy! If you noticed the message above saying your post was edited, I did it to insert a subject line [heading] on your thread. Having a subject line attracts people with similar conditions or knowledge on the subject.
I have severe OA in both my base thumb joints. Lots of deformity but the pain is mostly gone now. I wore thumb/hand splints for almost two years to help with the pain issue. Long story about why I am not a good candidate for surgery.
My aunt had both of her thumbs replaced. She is pleased with the results. She also is relieved to no longer have pain. Her recovery did require her to go to a therapist to learn exercises to strength her thumbs and hands,
I'm sure others will be along to weigh in.
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