Basal Joint Surgery


Pain in the basal joint caused by arthritis makes it difficult for patients to grip, hold or twist objects between the thumb and fingers. Basal joint surgery removes and rebuilds the basal joint, restoring full function.

Accessing the Joint

An orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon makes an incision at the lower section of the thumb and wrist area where the basal joint is located.

Joint Removed

The surgeon will then remove the diseased joint by cutting and clearing away the lower portion of the thumb metacarpal. The trapezium bone at the base of the thumb may also be taken out.

Tendon Reshaped

A section of tendon is taken from another part of the patient’s own wrist or arm. This graft is reshaped into a bundle that will fit into the cleared joint.

End of Procedure

The graft bundle is placed into the open space of the joint. After the surgery site heals, the bundle of tendon graft will act as a cushion for the new basal joint.

Basal Joint Surgery in Illinois

Efficient, pain-free use of the hands and wrist are very important throughout everyday life. Without them, daily activities become much more difficult. The Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is well prepared to assist you with any condition you may be experiencing by offering cutting-edge orthopedic hand and wrist treatments. Contact IBJI today to learn more about the services available.