Big Toe - Fusion Of Bone OR Replacement Of Joint?

Dec 18, 2015

Saw an orthopaedic consultant yesterday who confirmed, after an xray, that the osteoarthritis in the big toe joint is getting worse. He suggested two different types of surgery: a fusion of the bone or a replacement of the joint. I am leaning towards the latter although I don't know much about it and the consultant admitted the success rate isn't great! Has anyone had it done or know more about it?

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Hip Replacement :: Reduced / Missing Joint Cartilage And Bone Spurs

I have been in pain off and on for about 5 years now and xrays show that i have greatly reduced and/or missing joint cartilage and bone spurs including bone cysts that seem to come and go. The Ortho surgeon said from the x rays alone, I needed a full replacement. Most days its painful to walk for too long or bend,  twist etc which does interfere  a lot with my life and i often find it hard to sleep or reach a deep sleep. Id love to travel but but can never tell when my hip will feel okish and when it will be agony!  Every day can be different! I have been told pain like this comes and goes and is all part of the slow deterioration of the joint. As my surgery date looms in the next week i am starting to feel maybe i don't need it  ( hip is feeling okish today!) or am i just getting cold feet?  Im mid 50s and pretty healthy and active but this hip has certainly held me back especially in the last year. I've never had a big Op but some websites say sooner is better than later. Any ideas or thoughts?.

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Bone / Joint :: Pain After Bone Spur/arthritis Surgery On Shoulder

I had surgery on June 14, 2011 to remove a bone spur on my left clavicle and to remove arthritis near (but not in) my shoulder joint.  It was the worse experience of my life. I was in constant agonizing pain for 2.5 months. Just for the record, I've had two ulnar nerve surgeries on my left AND right elbows and never even needed pain medication. This shoulder surgery apparently did not relieve any of my pain. I still have a dull aching pain through out the day starting in my neck (left side) to my shoulder, and down my bicep to my elbow.  I still can not sleep at night, and through out the day while working my shoulder/arm/ neck is killing me. I continue to take an Naproxin and continue to rotate heat and ice. I did physical therapy for the first two months after surgery. My concern is that had arthroscopic surgery, and there was NO rotator damage so why is my shoulder still in pain? My shoulder pops when I do try to rotate it.. and often when I simply reach outward for something..I'm in excruciating pain. I'm a baker, so I am constantly lifting a 34-50lb metal mixing bowl and have to reach many times through out the day. There really is no way to not do my job duties and still retain my job. Any ideas why I'm still having this problem?

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Bone On Bone - Partial Knee Replacement After Microfracture Surgery?

I am a 47 year old female. I had Microfracture Knee surgery on January 12, 2016 and it was not a success. My doctor said that I am still bone on bone and will need a partial knee replacement. He uses the Oxford Partial Knee and says it is the best one to go with. I was able to get a Synvisc injection on May 12, 2016. My doctor and I are both hopeful that this will give me some time to make this big decision. I have had a really hard time recovering from the microfracture surgery. I was on crutches for five weeks and my knee got stuck in a bent position. I was in therapy for three months and I still cannot walk with a straight knee. The thought of undergoing another surgery is so scary.  I just want to be normal again and do all the things that I used to do before.

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Urinary Incontinence After Laminectomy W/bone Fusion?

After being diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis in 1992 and undergoing several other treatment options that were not successful, I had back surgery, a laminectomy w/bone fusion. I then developed urinary incontinence, which is still a problem for me. and also lost my mobility. I am now spending most of the time in a wheelchair, although I am able to use a walker for very limited distance walking. I still suffer from back pain but do get some relief from a prescription pain med. I just wondered if anyone else had developed urinary incontinence after having back surgery?

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Accidents :: An Inch Of Leg Shortening After Bone Fusion Surgery

I am a 21 year old..i had a bike accident almost a year ago.I had a commutative fracture on the lower part of the femur which connects to the knee joint.The doctor had kept a titanium plate on it.Unfortunately my right leg has become 1" shorter after the fusing of the bone.Now the main problem is My physio has advised me not to raise the heel and has told me to walk normally as there is not much visible limping.He doesn't want me make the habit of walking with the raised heel in the future.But my doctor who did the surgery has asked me to raise the heel.when i told him about the advise from the physio,the doctor didn't like it.Eventually i decided not to raise the heel and took the advice of physio.Its been three months since i stopped using the heel raise.I have a slight discomfort while walking.few days back i noticed a small lump developed just above the but crack.I am in a great confusion.

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Temporomandibular Joint :: Total Joint Replacement - What To Expect?

So I have been advised by 2 different oral surgeons I need total joint replacement of both joints.

For those of who have gone through joint replacement, I would really appreciate knowing:

1) what questions I should be asking the surgeons about the surgery, about the outcomes; about post-op care; risks;

2) what your personal exerpience was - just want to know what to expect.

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Pregnancy :: Lisfranc (midfoot) Fracture Requiring Fusion Of 1 Joint

I am 30 weeks pregnant. I broke my foot on July 4 stepping off a curb. I had surgery on it July 16. It is a lisfranc (midfoot) fracture requiring fusion of 1 joint and 6 screws and 1 plate. I am to be non weight bearing for 6 weeks and partial weight bearing for 6 more weeks, which puts me at full weight bearing a week after my baby is due. Has anyone ever been through something like this? How did you get any sleep? Sleeping on my back is difficult since I'm pregnant. How soon were you walking by yourself? Any help, advice, or encouragement is appreciated.

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Back Issues :: Single Facet Joint Removal And Fusion

My L4-L5 synovial cyst that I had removed two months ago has recurred again - this was the 2nd removal, so I've now grown 3 synovial cysts from the same dysfunctional facet joint.

One surgeon has recommended removing the bad facet joint which is causing the cysts and doing a microscopic fusion just at that level on that one side. I have no instability and no back pain issues elsewhere, so this is sounding like my best option, and not a very extensive surgery. I was wondering if anyone has had a fusion with a facet joint removal and how it worked out.

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Bone / Joint :: Arthritis Tingling Temples

I have a problem and need advice! My family is known to have history of arthritis. I am 34, male and I am afraid I have this disease too. I feel tingling in my temples. Is this a symptom of arthritis?

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Bone / Joint :: Bunion Pain Worse After Surgery?

I had bunion surgery on my feet last year, since then i have been in more pain than before i had surgery. To be honest they weren't actually painful before the surgery, just a pain to wear shoes and they were very bent. now my left foot feels weird and my right foot is extremely painful.
what to do? i regret having the surgery i want to go back to being my normal super active self. They hurt so much!

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Bone / Joint :: How Long Does Enbrel Take To Start Working?

I'm a 29 year old male. I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in October and my doctor put me on Enbrel. He told it's a miracle drug promising me it would change my life. I took my 5th injection today and I still don't see any major difference in my body. I still have morning stiffness and pain, and I still have a couple of swollen joints. I'm waiting for the Enbrel to take effect, but I'm starting to get worried that it's not working with me. My doctor said that after few weeks I could expect significant pain relief, but I'm still in pain. I've also heard that Enbrel can take effect anywhere from a few days to couple of months and that it doesn't work for all people equally. Anyone here with the same symptoms or Enbrel experience I'd love to hear your feedback. What was your experience with Enbrel?

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Bone / Joint :: Upper Back Between The Shoulder Blades

I have been having back pains in my upper back between the shoulder blades as if I need to pop my back but I can't. i feel like there is tension all the way up my neck and i always have headaches. When I twist my upper body, there is a loud pop coming from my chest that does not normally hurt, but sometimes the pain is a 10. I have no idea what is the cause.

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Bone / Joint :: Pain On Ball Of Foot After Bunion Surgery

I had bunion surgery about 5 months ago. I'm 16 years old and have severe bunions on both feet. I play sports and am constantly running around and going through a lot of shifting and moving. before the surgery the pain was unbearable and felt like I had two broken toes. I went to the doctor after a few years to when the pain was just too much and he told me I needed surgery. I chose to do one foot at a time because I wouldn't be able to walk on it for about 6 weeks so I chose the one that hurt more. I had nerves being pulled on the side by the bunion and my toe was shifted to the side. Now 5 months after I am in the same about of pain as before and then some. My big toe is not only still numb( which the doctor told me was apart of the normal healing process) but the big toe also does not touch the ground. The pain is so bad when I am playing basketball that I need to stop. It's the bottom of my foot under the big toe and around where the bunion was removed that hurts it feels like pins and needles and like I'm walking on rocks. It's very tender on the area, should I be worried/get this checked out? Or should I just deal with it?

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Joint And Bone Pain, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Slight Anemia

For the past 18 months I have experienced joint & bone pain, predominantly in my fingers, hands, wrists and elbows but also affecting my forearms, feet, ankles, knees, hips and shoulders. I have spent months trying to ignore it and at other times have kept detailed diaries, but can find no pattern relating to the area and level of pain and what I may have been doing, eating, drinking or how well I've slept.

I am nearly always fatigued ... I do work hard but even when I have time off, I'm exhausted to the point of needing to nap or walking around like a zombie. I used to run a lot and completed marathons, but now can't face a short jog.

Whenever I go to give blood, 4 out of 5 times my blood is too low in iron. It's not considered a dangerously low level for me but it is too low for the blood service to accept. The last time I went I succeeded in giving blood but was borderline and they only just accepted me.

Diarrhea; like many women I usually have this around the first couple of days of my cycle. However in recent months this is happening more frequently. Again there is no pattern relating to what I eat, where I eat or who prepared it. When it happens I get cramps and an urgency to go, but no nausea, sickness or loss of appetite.

Finally, I've recently begun getting pins and needles in one hand / fingers in a pattern that suggests carpal tunnel syndrome. It lasts for a few days then fades.

All of these things could be related or entirely unrelated, I just don't know. Also, one or two on their own might be easier to deal with but combined they can really get be down. My doctor has recently given me blood tests for arthritis and they came back normal. Any other ideas please?

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Hip Replacement :: Fractured Greater Trochanter Bone?

After my 2nd THR {4 weeks post op to be exact} I was doing an NHS exercise when there was a crack and my leg gave way. The long and the short of it........Emergency consultant I saw said it would heal but would take a long time.......About a couple of months later I saw the consultant that has done both THR's and he said it would never heal. I would be on 2 crutches or possibly one for the rest of my life.

OK 20 months later I'm still on crutches but the main problem is that the pain has got so much worse. I'm in agony with it especially the first 3 hours or so in the morning. I've got other conditions but can cope with the pain from those....this!!! cant find anything to ease it.

I'm normally a person who is glass half full......but recently I've been very "down"  I'm seeing the consultant again on Friday 2nd October....can't come quick enough. Anyone any ideas/ suggestions/or questions for the consultant. I get on well with him but this time I'm going to have to really lay it on thick if that makes sense.

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Toe Joint Replacement - All Is Not Well

I have had a toe joint replaced - all is not good.  Has anyone had this done that I could speak with?

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Total Jaw Joint Replacement - Not Doing Well

I had total jaw joint replacement a year ago. This was a last resort that resulted from trauma that happened 40 years ago. I am not doing as well as I hoped and suffer from chronic pain. Is there anyone who has had this surgery who could share their post surgery results?

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Big Toe Joint Replacement? Review / Feedback?

Anyone know about Big Toe Joint Replacement recovery time? Any successful ops?

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TMJ Joint Replacement? Review? Feedback?

Background. I've had symptoms of Condylar Resorption for 6 years. Well technically I have not had ANY condyles for the last 2 years. I'm not in extreme pain. I have maybe 4 or 5 days a month where I can't function well from headaches, jaw, tooth, basically all over pain from the neck up. The rest of the time its livable but constant. I've been in two different jaw splints but since the last one broke two years ago, I have not wanted to invest in more as they are quite spendy. My pain is not extremely bad but if you press anywhere on my face it does hurt. Only my back teeth touch, my chin has receded, I can't breathe through my nose and I can fit my tongue through my front teeth. I'm concerned about my teeth not touching because my dentist said it would cause problems down the road if they continued to not touch. I'm also wondering if my top and bottom jaw just banging together is going to cause problems too. I have small children and having a major surgery that could make me permanently worse is not something I want to do to them. I am also getting this surgery done by Dr. Larry Wolford if that has anything to do with it. The first "TMJ Specialist" I saw thought his splints would miracle cure it. The last two I have seen have both said my only option to fix my bite and joints is surgery but I have not talked to one since the splint broke 2 years ago.

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Foot / Ankle :: Considering Toe Joint Replacement

I am only 41 and have terrible foot pain and limited mobility. I had bunion surgery in 2010 but had terrible scarring issues and have had 2 since surgeries to remove scar tissue, which haven't helped but made it worse. And now I am told there has been tendon damage due to all the scarring and the bones are rubbing together and my options will be fusion or joint replacement in the future. I am very active and don't know the right option for me. It is very upsetting and impacts my life every day. My doctor is the head of podiatric surgery at the hospital so I feel he made the right decisions but I don't know where to turn for a second opinion.

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