First metatarsophalangeal joint arthroplasties in the commonwealth of Virginia

J. S. O'Keefe, J. Schweitzer, D. J. Bentrem, W. P. Glasheen, R. F. Edlich*

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This retrospective analysis of arthroplasty of the first metatarsophalangeal joint documents the incidence of surgery as well as the selection of the commercially available implants. During a 1-year period, 1994, arthroplasties were performed in 47 of the 1.7 million subscribers to Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. Women received the majority of the arthroplasties (83%). Of the 47 cases, the silicone implant was predominantly used (83%). The most common indications for arthroplasty were hallux valgus (30%) and hallux rigidus (28%). Podiatrists performed 79% of the procedures, while orthopedic surgeons performed the remaining 21% of the cases. A prospective study is needed that will assess the long-term performance of the different implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995


  • first metatarsophalangeal joint arthroplasty
  • implant
  • silicone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Dentistry(all)


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