After 30 years of teaching and 40 years of performing looks like I'm headed for thumb surgery. Both thumbs! The pain is like lightening jolts....not fun! Fortunately (I think!) one of my long time guitar students is a top local hand surgeon. After x-rays and a couple of cortisone shots he has suggested that the way to go is the "anchovy" surgery...........so named because they take a small tendon from your forearm and roll it in a ball (anchovy) to use as a cushion between the thumb joints. He and other experts claim that so far this is the most successful solution. My doc said it should last the rest of my life and in 20 years he's only had one complaint. The really bad news is that they suggest only one thumb at a time and there is a recovery / rehabilitation time of 12 weeks! I've saved a lot of money to cover me if I can't teach at all but I'm hoping that I can come up with a plan to work a lot of theory, reading, ear training etc to get me through so I won't lose all my income. Ugh! Ironically a 40 woman who works with my wife just had her first thumb done and said it's great. She'll get the second one done later this year. Anyone had experience with having had this surgery?