I have partial joint implants in BOTH big toes (hemicaps). I had these implants due to severe pain in my big toes from arthritis. I have been in pain since....the implants failed. I just had the implant in my left big toe removed on March 20, 2013. When the implant was removed part of my joint was destroyed in my big toe. The "orthopedic foot" specialist took bone from my hip to replace the destroyed bone in my big toe. He also put a plate to secure the "new" bone in place and that will remain there to keep the "new" fused joint from breaking. I have to tell you.....after the surgery....compared to the pain I felt before....my "new" fused big toe had NO PAIN. I am 3 weeks post surgery....no weight can be on the surgery foot....kind of a tough deal. Where they harvested bone from my hip hurts like heck....but that will heal. I am VERY anxious to get the other foot fixed....I will keep you posted on what it's like to bear weight on the bit toe with the hip bone in it. View Thread
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