Doctor I use at hospital for special surgery in ny refuses to use implants because of the high failure rate.
3 to 4 months of no weight bearing not a terrific alternative for me at the moment.
Doubt I'll last decades but one would think that implants would improve more quickly given the large number of people who suffer from this affliction.
I also wonder if the fusion creates more stress on the next joint on the big toe itself (more of a side question)
Real test as to whether I can last a decade is whether I will be able to get my foot into a ski boot in a couple of weeks.
Havnt even tried in a couple of years.
Hi Bigtoemisery. I also put my surgery off for years; everyone has their own saturation point when we say "enough is enough" and finally do something about it. Now I wish I'd done it years earlier. It really does become a quality of life issue. You don't have to be non-weight bearing for months. I had my fusion surgery 11 days ago by Dr. Timothy Zimmer (Richmond, VA). He sent me home in a boot that directs the weight to the heel. Instructions were "weight bearing as tolerated." I can assure you it wasn't tolerated the first two days and I relied on a walker (and vicodin😊). I was also instructed to elevate it HIGH and ice it to prevent/reduce swelling. I kept it elevated 24x7 for 4 days. I still try to elevate it as much as possible. The boot is off when I'm not up and around. I go up and down stairs, albeit slowly, several times a day with my boot. I was allowed to shower 48 hours after surgery, foot and all. My stitches come out today. I hope Dr. Zimmer will also do an X-ray but maybe it's too soon to see much. In two months, I plan to be back in the pool doing some swimming and water walking. Before that, recumbent biking on a stationary bike. I'm doing some things now on the floor like crunches and other exercises that don't require my toes. Gotta keep moving! Good luck!