Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Jokihaara, Jarkko
Organisation Tampere University Hospital
Project title Surgical treatment of osteoarthritis of the thumb basal joint
Decision No. 325395
Decision date 22.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 474 979
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Project description
Function of the hand is crucial for our daily lives and osteoarthritis of thumb basal joint is the most common degenerative disease of the hand. The incidence increases with age and 9% of women and 4% of men over 60 years constantly suffer from this condition. The initial treatment is non-operative and surgical treatment is offered if symptoms are not sufficiently ameliorated by conservative interventions. The standard surgical procedure is the removal of a bone (trapezium) which forms half of the thumb basal joint, i.e. trapeziectomy. The operation was introduced over 70 years ago and it is currently the most common surgical procedure for thumb basal joint osteoarthritis despite the fact that there has never been plausible evidence of its efficacy. We propose a multi-center randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial which determines the efficacy of trapeziectomy in patients with persistent painful osteoarthritis of thumb basal joint.