Bobby Chhabra, an orthopaedic hand surgeon, has been a member of the University of Virginia Health System since 2002. Hand surgeons such as Bobby Chhabra often perform a surgery called resection arthroplasty to reduce pain and restore function to arthritic thumbs.
In a resection arthroplasty, the surgeon removes a bone from the base of the thumb and replaces it with a small amount of tendon material. This tissue serves the same purpose as the bone but prevents joint surfaces from rubbing together and causing pain.
The surgery takes about 90 minutes and can be performed under local or general anesthetic. Afterward, the thumb is bandaged and splinted to keep it in a natural position as it heals.
Patients must schedule a follow-up appointment after about a week, and stitches will usually be removed two weeks later. If a pin was used to protect the joint, the pin is removed a few weeks afterward. A full recovery takes about four months.
An orthopedic surgeon with a specialization in hand and upper extremity surgery, Bobby Chhabra currently splits his time between various teaching and clinical responsibilities at the University of Virginia.