CMC Joint Suspensionplasty


When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

2 weeks You will be discharged on the same day as the operation Rest in splint/plaster No lifting

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)


  • Reduce pain


  • Rest in plaster/splint

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)


  • Control pain


  • Change in thumb splint
  • Gentle passive thumb range of movement
  • No thumb opposition
  • Active finger movements
  • Wrist range of movement

Late phase (>6 weeks)


  • Regain thumb range of movement
  • Regain strength, proprioception and function


  • Begin active range of movement of the thumb
  • Encourage abduction, adduction, flexion and extension
  • No thumb opposition until 8 weeks post surgery
  • Load thumb from 8 weeks

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving Lifting Swimming Golf
2 weeks 6 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks

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