Cheilectomy vs. arthrodesis surgery

I've seen two different orthopaedic surgeons. One seems to thinks the cartilage in my right big toe is "shot" and recommends arthodesis (bone fusion) surgery. The other says he's fairly certain that the cheilectomy is the better option since my range of mobility is fairly good right now. He also mentioned that if he gets in there and finds otherwise, he may have to perform an arthodesis.

In 1996, I had a "titanic" implant placed in my right big toe for the same symptom (pain). Recent X-rays suggests so far, so good.

I'm not sure what I should do. I know the arthodesis surgery is more complicated and recovery is longer. But, I don't want to go cheilectomy route only to ultimately have to get arthodesis surgery later on. Please advise.

Thank you!

Posted By Lawson R. Pride on February 02, 2004 at 13:06:07:

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