During arthroscopic toe fusion, the bones in the toe joint are joined together with screws. This locks the toe in place in order to reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Arthroscopic joint fusion-toe
- Arthroscopic toe joint fusion
- Arthroscopic toe arthrodesis
- Toe arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Toe surgery
- Toe fusion
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Toe Fusion:
Arthroscopic toe fusion is utilized in order to treat chronic sepsis, severe toe pain, toe injury, and arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the toe.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic toe fusion include physical therapy, strength training, pain medication and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Toe joint replacement is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Toe Fusion:
Arthroscopic toe fusion can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Toe Fusion:
Possible risks following arthroscopic toe fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Toe Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic toe fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.