MN Podiatrist Uses New Synthetic Cartilage Arthritis Procedure
An exciting new procedure for people with severe arthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint, located on the big toe, has arrived in Grantsburg. Hallux limitus affects up to 44 percent of the population over the age of 80. Vince Simone, DPM of Maplewood Podiatry, has performed this surgery several times, including operations at the Burnett Medical Center. He said this procedure cuts recovery time in half.
Dr. Vince Simone
“The procedure first involves removing all arthritic and non-viable bone that has developed around the joint,” Simone said. “The appropriately sized implant is then determined based on the size of the 1st metatarsal head.” Next with the help of an x-ray machine, a guide pin is inserted into the first metatarsal to properly align the placement of the implant. Simone said that the implant acts as a spacer between the arthritic joints. It’s made of polyvinyl alcohol, the same material as a contact lens.
Source: Jonathan Richie, Burnett County Sentinel [1/7/18]
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