A toe joint replacement removes damaged cartilage and bone in the toe and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability.
Also Known As:
- Toe joint surgery
- Foot surgery
- Toe joint arthroplasty
Conditions Treated with Toe Joint Replacement:
Toe joint replacement is utilized to treat toe arthritis, injury to the toe and toe pain.
Non-surgical alternatives to toe joint replacement include pain medication, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Surgical alternatives include toe fusion and arthroscopic toe joint replacement.
Anesthesia with Toe Joint Replacement:
Toe joint replacement is performed under local anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Toe Joint Replacement:
Possible risks following toe joint replacement include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the artificial toe joint to become dislocated and for the patient to experience little to no improvement in mobility.
Prognosis after Toe Joint Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result following toe joint replacement is good.
Recovery from Toe Joint Replacement:
Recovery from toe joint replacement takes about two to three weeks.