If nonsurgical treatment doesn’t
ease the pain and stiffness, or if arthritis has destroyed the joint, your healthcare
provider may advise surgery. Surgery is an option only after one has tried all or most
non-surgical options In a tendon graft surgery, the surgeon removes the diseased joint.
Then the joint is rebuilt. He or she usually uses a piece of tendon (graft) taken from
your arm or wrist. Your arm is numbed so you don’t feel pain during surgery. You can
usually go home the day of surgery. Other surgeries include rebuilding a ligament,
complete joint replacement, or bone fusion. Talk with your surgeon about the treatment
best for you and how much relief you can expect.