*Results may vary

Joint replacement (arthroplasty) using the Ivory® implant is the latest, fastest, and most natural way to treat osteoarthritis of the thumb and restore its normal range of motion. Both the procedure itself and recovery time are remarkably quick.

The procedure consists in replacing the damaged joint, rather than removing or fusing it, with an implant similar to a miniaturized hip prosthesis. Dr. Jean-Paul Brutus uses the Ivory® implant, an original device developed after 30 years of research.

Arthroplasty helps restore normal thumb dexterity in six weeks, compared with other surgical techniques requiring recovery time of 9 to 12 months.


  • Revolutionary procedure newly available in Canada
  • Recovery time up to 4 times shorter than conventional surgical methods
  • Rehabilitation rarely necessary
  • High patient satisfaction
  • Safe and proven – The procedure has been practiced in Europe for 15 years with good results

Dr. Jean-Paul Brutus is an internationally renowned expert in this field. He was the first surgeon in North America to use perform joint arthroplasty.


  • Rapid relief of pain
  • More complete recovery of strength and dexterity of the thumb and hand
  • Less surgical trauma; preserves the integrity of the thumb basal joint


  • Much faster return to work
  • Rapid resumption of hobbies and sports
  • Minimizes loss of earned income, greater enjoyment of life

Here is what patients like you, who suffered from rhizarthrosis, had to say about their experience with Dr. Brutus:

“Three weeks later, I was fairly autonomous in my activities, although I refrained from lifting any weight. Dr. Brutus is professional, took good care of me, and was available to allay my worries after surgery. I plan to have my right hand operated on in the spring. I would recommend Dr. Brutus to anyone who suffers from rhizarthrosis of the thumb.”

“I had absolutely no hesitation and was operated on April 16, 2012. After three weeks with the thumb immobilized, I was able to move it in all directions… I was thrilled! Dr. Brutus took the time to call me on the evening after my operation to ask how I was feeling. I really appreciated that. The healing time is about 3 to 6 weeks, instead of 6 months to a year. Thank you so much, Dr. Brutus.”


This procedure is not recommended for everyone. Contraindications include advanced osteoarthritis, a deformed trapezium, or an unsuitable occupation or hobbies that would cause accelerated wear and tear of the implant. The expected lifetime of the implant is 10 to 15 years on average. In some cases, however, the implant may fail earlier. Should a problem occur, the implant can be replaced or a conventional trapeziectomy can be performed.

If you think joint replacement is the best option for you, contact us today. We will be pleased to arrange an appointment and an evaluation within days. 

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