Sorry, but I am not much of a poster but I wanted to share an alternative with folks who may be considering a big toe fusion. I had stage 3 arthritis and the space between my joint is quite good post op. I will include pics from my 2 week appt below. The bruising is so much less just one week later.
I am only 3 weeks post op now but I already have no pain in my big toe except for sensitivity in my incision and achiness/hotness where the plate and screws were placed when I do too much upright/walking in the boot. My big toe has quite a bit of movement but I expect full movement once I start PT in 3 weeks when I can start weaning off the boot.
The Lapidus procedure is a type of fusion of the first TMT joint that decreases the movement of that joint and straightens out the first metatarsal and toe. Rather than fusing this joint, my big toe joint is now in the right position so it doesn't bang the big toe joint.
Dr. Eric Masternick, a podiatrist, in Reston, VA, did the surgery and I cannot recommend him enough. I had seen 4 doctors prior to him that all recommended the big toe fusion. Until meeting Dr. Masternick, I thought that was my only option for pain relief.
Btw, the odd triangle of weird looking flesh to the right of my incision is a skin graft from this past summer. Long story but suffice it to say, a doctor messed up my aftercare after stitching a blister which led to 3 surgeries including a skin graft and flap (which Dr. Masternick fixed a portion).
Hope this helps others!
Best of luck on your recoveries! I am more than happy to answer questions and keep folks posted, if there's an interest.