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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1995|
- first metatarsophalangeal joint arthroplasty
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering