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Very active mechanic trying to keep strength in left thumb (I am right handed). Wearing a hand brace now made specifically for me but wondering who has had something done and has it worked long term. Wearing the hand brace allows me to do everything but I am still experiencing pain. Is it better to have it fused or replace the joint? I've had my neck fused years ago so I am not against a fusion. Not interested in the tendon procedure to fix problem. One physician has suggested the pyrocardbon pip joint replacement through Ascention, and when researching cannot find out much more info on patients who have had this done or fusion. I will be making an appointment with this surgeon down the road, but want some real life feedback before making a decision and seeing surgeon. Any replies would be appreciated.
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