Video: New procedure helps treat big toe arthritis

Video: New procedure helps treat big toe arthritis


MINDY: FOR MARILYN KARR, BEING ABLE TO BEND HER BIG TOE LIKE THIS IS A BIG DEAL. FOR A LONG TIME SHE SUFFERED WITH DEBILITATING ARTHRITIS IN HER BIG SHOW. NOT ANYMORE.>>I LOVE IT. I AM OUT OF PAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVERAL YEARS. I HAVE HAD PUT PAIN FOR A LONG TIME. MINDY OUT OF PAIN THANKS TO A : NEW SURGICAL PROCEDURE USING A SYNTHETIC CARTILAGE IMPLANT CALLED CARTIVA.>>I SAW SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE WITHIN HOURS. MINDY: MERCY MEDICAL CENTER SURGEON DR. CLIFFORD JENG SAYS THIS USED TO BE THE GOLD STANDARD FOR TREATING ARTHRITIS IN THE BIG TOE FUSING THE JOINTS TOGETHER. IT TOOK AWAY THE PAIN, BUT PATIENTS LOST RANGE OF MOTION. THIS IS CARTIVA, IT’S MADE OUT OF THE SAME MATERIAL AS CONTACT LENSES.>>THIS MATERIAL HAS THE SAME CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AS HUMAN CARTILAGE AND WE JUST PUSH IT IN. YOU CAN SEE AND THAT KEEPS THE ARTHRITIC SURFACES APART SO THEY DO NOT RUB AND GRIND AND CAUSE PAIN. IT ALLOWS YOU TO KEEP YOUR MOTION. MINDY DR. JENG SAYS IT’S A MUCH : EASIER RECOVERY.>>FUSION YOU HAVE TO WEAR SPECIAL SHOE AND WALK ON YOUR HEEL. THIS ONE YOU ARE BACK ON SEEKERS WITH A PROTECTIVE SHIELD. MINDY MARILYN SAYS NOW SHE CAN : TAKE LONG WALKS AGAIN, CAN EVEN DO YOGA.

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