Arthritis surgery sounded like a breeze. So why was she in more pain?

Arthritis surgery sounded like a breeze. So why was she in more pain?

The Washington Post — Written by Sandra G. Boodman — Image courtesy of Cameron Cottrill /For The Washington Post

To Beth Jersey, it sounded like a no-brainer.

The pain from the deteriorated joint at the base of her thumb caused by osteoarthritis was worsening, making her favorite hobby — gardening — increasingly difficult.

So in February 2014, the 58-year-old payroll manager who lives in northern California decided to have the outpatient operation recommended by her hand surgeon to repair the joint. Two of her friends had undergone the same procedure and “were really happy with the results,” she said. “They had no complications. It sounded really simple.”

But as Jersey discovered almost immediately, her case was anything but.

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