After over 55 years of bass playing, all the cartilage is gone in the 1st joint of my first finger on my right hand. I think I used this 1st joint to hook the G string every so often, probably not good. It's bone on bone contact and it's extremely painful; been dealing with this problem for over 2 years. I've posted in various threads over the past few years about this problem. This morning I finally had surgery on this finger. Also removed a large cyst on my left wrist that was becoming painful. Sort of a twofer. Doctor Caregie, who I've been seeing and receiving cortisone shots these past 2 years was very pleased with the operation and expects very positive results. She looks so young, I wanted to ask to see her ID! I probably won't play any better or worse because of this, but visually my right hand will look lots like Ray Brown's or Jamie Jamerson's playing style. (first finger straight and pointing downward. I'm not posting this for sympathy or attention. My intention is to contribute to other bassists info on finger and hand pain. Here's a picture.