I saw Mr Read after experiencing extreme pain in my hand carrying out day to day activities. He advised me that I needed a trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction. He told me it would be 3 months before I started to feel the benefit. He wasn't wrong. But after the operation and following extensive physiotherapy, 5 months on I have absolutely no regrets. I have just found the list of things I had stopped doing before the operation and can now do them all and with no pain.