I have had RA for ten years, and am getting to the end of various operations, to repair the damage to various joints, 14 in total up to now. I saw my fantastically funny orthopedic surgeon yesterday regarding extreme pain in the base joint of my left thumb. Some years ago I had the base joint of my right thumb removed and some form of division made of a tendon to fill in the space or something like that and it works wonderfully.
This time, he said now consultants don't like to remove the whole bone of "Rummies" so he would do day case, key hole surgery and remove just some of the bone and see how it works.
I have never heard of anyone having this done before, have you?