What is big toe joint fusion surgery?
Usually a day case procedure, this type of surgery treats big toe arthritis, and is performed under a general anaesthetic, with a pain-relieving local anaesthetic administered post-operatively around the wound.
What does big toe joint fusion surgery involve?
The procedure requires a minor incision to be made on top of the big toe and the removal of damaged bone prior to the fusion of the joint with a tiny plate and screw.
Why might I need big toe joint fusion surgery?
You may need big toe joint fusion surgery if you are suffering from big toe arthritis with symptoms of stiffness, swelling and inflammation.
What is the long-term impact of big toe joint fusion surgery?
Six months after surgery patients are usually able to return to their normal activity levels, including participating in high impact sports. Some swelling may remain at this point, but a year after your operation healing should be complete and any remaining swelling will have disappeared. Patients should be able to return to their normal lifestyle.
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