Cartiva Implant

Cartiva is an implant that replaces damaged cartilage in a joint and is used to treat arthritic conditions such as hallux rigidus causing pain and rigidity of the big toe joint.

The procedure

The procedure treats pain while preserving mobility. Polyvinyl alcohol, the material used for this implant, has been safely used as a medical device by foot specialists for many years. It has properties similar to that of cartilage, making it ideal. Unlike, joint replacements which require revision or fusion which limits mobility, Cartiva implants show good, long lasting results with no functional limitations. In a recent 5-year follow-up study, 96% of patients having undergone the procedure showed significant pain reduction, durability, mobility and satisfaction. Your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation and discuss the suitability of this procedure for you.

During the procedure, an incision is made above the joint at the base of your toe. The toe bones and the metatarsal bone in the forefoot are separated. A hole is then made at the metatarsal end where the implant is fitted and replaces the damaged cartilage surface. This relieves pain and restores function by allowing you to move the toe joint freely. Click here to learn more on the Cartiva implant.


Hear what our patients have to say

Mr Ajis is a great surgeon, he listens to any concern you may have and explains what is going to happen also gives great care... He suggested a fairly new procedure that wasn't available on the NHS but he pushed me through and he and his team have worked wonders, I am now healing very well and pain-free in my ankle after 6 years!

Written by a patient at BMI Goring Hall Hospital

Mr Ajis was very informative and reassuring about my surgery. He was professional at all times and allowed time for me to have all my questions answered without feeling rushed.

Written by a patient at BMI Goring Hall Hospital

I saw Mr Ajis after sustaining a fracture of my 5th metatarsal which had not healed after a year. The pain was unbearable. He saw me promptly and took the time to explain my condition with the help of x-ray images with assurances that he could fix the problem. I was advised by other clinicians to be patient and wait for the fracture to heal on its own. Mr Ajis said that healing would be highly unlikely without intervention. After numerous emails and 'phone calls to him he constantly...

...spent the time reassuring me and patiently going over the intended procedure. To date after seeking advice and guidance from Mr Ajis, his secretary and the Physio Team and the insertion of a plate my fracture has united I walk well, without pain and I have joined a walking group.

Ankle pain can be distressing, especially if you're not sure what options are open to you. If you're wondering if surgery could help you, book an appointment.

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