@hensy, Good afternoon. I noticed that you are considering "thumb" surgery. I let the pain in my thumb get so bad that my shoulder surgeon (during a follow-up visit), grabbed my hand and took me to the "Hand floor" and introduced me to the surgeon there.
The following week I had what is called "Anchovy" surgery. It is specifically designed for bone on bone arthritic thumbs. It worked beautifully. I came home the same day and was playing mahjongg that week.
Unlike some of my other surgical experiences, my thumb is totally pain-free. I did wonder why my left thumb was bone on bone and yet my right thumb showed no evidence of arthritic involvement.
Here is the reason…..often our opposing thumb suffers the most because we use it more for steadying and supporting our daily activities. Hope you can have a similar experience. May you have joy today. Chris