Blast arthritis with an 'Exocet' thumb implant: Using the la
The implant, which is smaller than a 5p coin, is cast from ultra-light pyrolytic carbon, also known as carbon fibre – a material five times stronger than steel.
A trial of the device involving more than 600 arthritis patients found that 98 per cent experienced an improvement in symptoms after surgery.
Many have regained the ability to perform everyday tasks such as opening jars and turning a door handle, which had previously been too painful.
Fitting the implant takes less than an hour and involves the tiny implant being slotted into the trapeziometacarpal (TMC) joint at the base of the thumb....