I have been having yearly steroid injections in my right hand thumb joint for several years now with only minor short term improvement. The last one I had, a couple of months ago, was incredibly painful while being done ( I have always had them done in hospital under x-ray by a consultant) and very painful for several weeks afterwards. The pain has now settled to being slightly worse than before the last injection. This morning I had a post injection consultation but not with the surgeon who carried out the last one as he has "cancelled all appointments for the foreseeable future" .The new surgeon, whom I haven't seen before, recommended that I have the bone adjacent to the offending joint removed. He said it is 90% effective in removing pain and will take about 3 months to recover from.
I would love to hear from anyone who has any experience of this operation, it sounds scary !
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