Arthroscopic toe joint replacement removes damaged cartilage and bone in the toe and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability. 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:
- Minimally invasive toe joint replacement
- Minimally invasive toe joint arthroplasty
- Joint replacement
- Toe surgery
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Toe Joint Replacement:
The conditions that can be treated with arthroscopic toe joint replacement include toe pain, toe injury and arthritis of the toe.
Some non-surgical alternatives may be attempted before arthroscopic toe joint replacement, including pain medication, physical therapy and steroid injections. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include toe fusion and complete toe replacement.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Toe Joint Replacement:
Arthroscopic toe joint replacement typically involves the use of general anesthesia or epidural anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Toe Joint Replacement:
Following arthroscopic toe joint replacement, some patients may experience bleeding, infection, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients also experience dislocation of the artificial toe joint or find that there is no improvement in mobility following the procedure.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Toe Joint Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result for the patient after arthroscopic toe joint replacement is good.