Hammertoe Fusion System Brochure & Surgical Technique


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Hammertoe Fusion System Brochure & Surgical Technique (SPF00-05-B)Surgical TechniqueEnglish ENFebruary 25, 2010July 12, 2019

Current management of hammertoe reconstruction usually includes arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ). Especially in the case of rigid flexion deformities of the PIPJ, shortening of the bone and release of the PIPJ are required to realign the toe. Controversy exists regarding the most effective means of PIPJ arthroplasty. Several authors have suggested that solid bone fusion is not required and rely on arthrofibrosis of the joint. Recent research has suggested that procedures resulting in fibrous nonunion and malunion of the joint can lead to patient dissatisfaction. Fusion rate with simple pin fixation has been reported as low as 60%.