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Hi Folks!
I had an implant inserted in my right big toe in 2009 for degenerative arthritis; this implant has now failed. The implant was fairly successful until earlier this year but started to deteriorate quite spectacularly with the result that I am now severely limited in distances walked and in gym activities.

I saw an orthopedic surgeon a month ago whose prognosis was alarming! He advised me to leave well alone and use painkillers for the rest of my life as surgery was notoriously unreliable in these circumstances. A bone graft would have to be taken from my hip and grafted into my toe. If it failed, it would have to be done again. The success rate is 60% for this procedure which he felt was too low!

I am now having a second opinion with a Foot and Ankle specialist on Wednesday of the coming week. I have not met anyone else with a similar condition so have been researching on the internet where I came across this site.

I would be very grateful for any input from anyone else who has been in a similar position to me. Thank you for reading this message:)
Thank you for you reply, Titchou!

My big worry is that I have been told by the first surgeon that bone grafts are notoriously unpredictable and often fail! Also, the site of the extraction of bone from the pelvis can be permanently painful thereafter.He has advised against ANY surgery.

Is there ANYONE out there who has successfully had such a bone graft in their 60's; who has RA/OA in other joints which compromises the gait even further?I cannot believe that NOTHING can be done for all those people around the world with failed silastic implants!

I still work out 3 times a week and have a fear of limited mobility as time goes on!

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Thank you for you reply, Titchou!

My big worry is that I have been told by the first surgeon that bone grafts are notoriously unpredictable and often fail! Also, the site of the extraction of bone from the pelvis can be permanently painful thereafter.He has advised against ANY surgery.

Is there ANYONE out there who has successfully had such a bone graft in their 60's; who has RA/OA in other joints which compromises the gait even further?I cannot believe that NOTHING can be done for all those people around the world with failed silastic implants!

I still work out 3 times a week BUT have a fear of limited mobility as time goes on!

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!





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