Procedure

Toe Implant- Orthopedics

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Toe implants are medical devices that are surgically placed in the toes. They are used in the treatment of pain, swelling, and deformities in the toes.

You may have to use a toe implant if you have:

  • Hammer toes: A deformity in which the toes curl downward. A normal toe points forward.
  • Claw toes: Your toes bend into a position that resembles a claw.
  • Bunion: Bunions are bony bumps on the joints near the base of the big toe. 
  • Hallux rigidus or stiff big toe: A painful disorder that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. 

What Happens during Toe Implant Surgery?

The procedure during surgery can vary depending on the type of toe disorder being treated. Besides, the choice of the implant may also affect the procedure.

Usually, a surgeon makes a small cut on the skin just above the toe joint. Then, they remove small parts of the bone and other tissues to make room for the implant. After they place the implant, the cut is stitched.

The surgery may be carried after giving medications that cause loss of consciousness or just numb the toe joint region.

Depending on the type of the implant, it may last years or even a lifetime. If you develop any problems after the implant has been placed, your surgeon can remove or replace it.

Tests before Toe Implant Surgery

A thorough physical examination and medical history review are crucial to ensuring the success of the surgery. During the physical examination, the doctor checks the ability of your toes to bend normally.

Medical history review can involve questions about your expectations, and lifestyle habits such as smoking.

In some cases, an X-ray examination of the affected and nearby areas may be necessary. It helps the doctor locate and identify the nature of the disorder.

 

Sources:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16949524
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25937410
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29362037
About the Author:
Shailesh Sharma is a registered pharmacist and medical content writer from Nepal. He enjoys digging into latest findings of research and strongly believes in evidence-based health information. He graduated from Pokhara University School of Health and Allied Sciences and was engaged in clinical pharmacy and academia in various regions of Nepal for almost 9 years. Shailesh also serves as Project Manager of Graduate Pharmacists’ Association, Nepal (GPAN).
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