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How long does it take to recover from surgery for basal joint arthritis?

Surgery for basal joint arthritis is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Sometimes an overnight stay is needed for pain control. The surgery itself usually takes an hour to an hour and a half.

It is a quite intensive surgery, so it takes a significant amount of time to fully recover from it. But pain relief is usually excellent. And the surgery usually gives lasting relief, so the person is able to maintain mobility and use of the hand for almost all activities of daily living. Usually within two weeks after surgery, pain is greatly reduced as compared with the first couple of days after surgery. As with most surgeries, the first day or two after surgery is the most uncomfortable time. Full, normal use of the hand usually is achieved at around the 12-week mark.

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