Do I need Cartiva Surgery?
If pain and stiffness persist and standard treatment such as footwear, injections and orthotics do not improve your symptoms, you may need to consider big toe surgery. The surgery will be the only way to eliminate the pain.
When you consult a foot surgeon, they will take into consideration the deformity on your feet, your age, and the level of your activity before deciding on surgery, administering the Cartiva procedure to your big toe.
Am I a candidate for Cartiva Surgery?
Unfortunately not everyone with arthritis in the big toe joint (1st MPJ) is a candidate for Cartiva surgery. During your consultation, Dr Kim will assess your big toe joint and discuss what treatment options are available. If you are not a candidate for Cartiva surgery, Dr Kim will still offer alternative treatment option.
What is Cartiva Surgery?
Cartiva surgery is a synthetic cartilage implant. It’s designed to replace your damaged cartilage. The new implant consists of durable, biocompatible and slippery organic polymer that has the same functionalities to natural cartilage.
Cartiva implant is designed to withstand loading and reduce any chances of systematic irritation.
The surgery is quick and safe. Cartiva procedure takes approximately 60 minutes. Dr Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon in Brisbane and the Gold Coast) will replace your damaged cartilage with a new Cartiva synthetic cartilage implant.
Cartiva Surgery has had great success in America since July 2016. The procedure has recorded a 97% success rate.
In the level 1 study, the Cartiva synthetic cartilage implant increases big toe motion by 175% while reducing the pain by 97%. After a Cartiva implant procedure, you will be back to walking and enjoying a pain-free lifestyle – you will feel young again.
How Long Will the Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant Last?
A lifetime. You can also remove or replace the Cartiva implant whenever you wish without any complication.
Cartiva is designed to last a lifetime and there have not been cases in the literature reported that patients require replacement of Cartiva yet.
Get Your Life Back Today
If your big toe is holding back your life, it’s time to seek treatment.