1st MTP Arthroscopy (Big toe)
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An MTP arthroscopy is a straight-forward operation to perform though with no absolute indications as open surgery is an appropriate alternative for all conditions treated.
The conditions most commonly dealt with are mild or moderate arthritic change , post-traumatic joint pain , osteochondral or chondral defects and loose bodies.
The advantage of big toe arthroscopy is that it results in potentially less pain and an earlier mobilisation (both generally and specifically of the joint) following surgery. This is due to the smaller soft tissue exposure used in comparison to an open technique.
Author: Mark Herron FRCS
Institution: The Wellington Hospital , London