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A 58-year-old female asked:

For hallux rigidus, one surgeon said joint replacement, & one, fusion. i'm still mobile & want the less risky bone spur surgery. what do you advise?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Have it evaluated.: The fusion will limit your mobility of the joint. The joint replacement will last 10-20 years depending on your weight and level of activity. One would need to do a thorough history and physical exam and review the x-rays to give you your best options.
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Dr. Kristine Nemes
19 years experience
Voice your opinion: I would get another opinion and let your feelings be known. You can have a surgery to clean up the joint as long as you know it's not the final solution. It could buy you some time before a fusion/implant.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 23 years experience
Good answer!
Mar 30, 2013
Last updated Mar 25, 2018

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