cheilectomy or not??

I am 48 yrs old and have been told that my arthritis in my big toe that has been a problem for 6 years can be treated with a cheilectomy. Although it was stated that hopefully this will be the only surgery needed for this, it was also mentioned that it typically gives you 3-5 years. My toe has been painful for 5 years and I have dealt with the pain by "learning to live with it".
Is it best to wait until the pain is really bad and more of a limitation before I have the cheilectomy in order to delay the clock ticking on that 3-5 years? (Thank you!)

Posted By Patti on November 16, 2002 at 12:47:08:

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