Joint arthrodesis is a technical term for joint fusion, a medical procedure used on patients with severe joint pain from conditions such as arthritis. First Metatarsophalangeal (MTP) Joint Arthrodesis is a procedure that fuses the joint at the base of the big toe.
First MTP Joint Arthrodesis is recommended for patients with chronic pain from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is usually recommended when other methods, such as orthotics, cortisone injections, and pain medications are ineffective in alleviating pain.
During the surgery, screws and a metal plate are inserted in the bones to hold them together and help them fuse. The procedure stabilizes the joint so the bones can no longer rub together and cause pain.
Patients may experience swelling in the big toe after the surgery. This swelling may continue for several months while the toe heals and the bones fuse together. Patients usually report a reduction or even elimination of their joint pain after this surgery.
Contact Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for more information on pain relief through First MTP Joint Arthrodesis.