Cartiva® Implant Toe Surgery

At Surgical Solutions Network, our fellowship-trained surgeons perform private Cartiva implant toe surgery in Canada to treat painful arthritis of the great toe joint. This innovative procedure helps patients with arthritis of the great toe live more active lives by eliminating pain and restoring range of motion.

Cartiva Surgery With Surgical Solutions Network

Patients from across Canada and around the world choose Surgical Solutions Network’s private medical clinics for Cartiva implant toe surgery. Our fellowship-trained surgeons have years of experience performing this and other foot, ankle, and toe surgeries. Our patient-centred philosophy means we strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care and a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. You have timely access to private healthcare in Canada with Surgical Solutions. We’re a network of private medical clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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We are patient focused and provide effective care with human kindness.


We combine innovation with the latest technology and processes to advance surgical care in Canada and better serve patients and providers.


We are a continuously learning organization that measures, monitors, and improves every day.


We support, respect, and accept our patients, team members, and partners, while operating with honesty and integrity in providing our services.

What Is the Cartiva Implant?

The Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is a revolutionary implant that replaces the damaged cartilage surface of the joint. Cartiva SCI is made from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a material that has been used in a number of medical device applications for more than 20 years. Through a proprietary manufacturing process, Cartiva SCI is designed to mimic the properties of natural cartilage. Cartiva SCI has been approved for use outside the United States since 2002 and is now available in Europe, Canada, Turkey, and Brazil. Over 3,000 implants have been used to date.

What Does Cartiva Implant Toe Surgery Treat?

The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint connects the first long bone (metatarsal) in the foot to the first bone of the great toe (phalanx)great toe. This surgery treats symptoms of arthritis of MTP joint, which include:

  • Pain in the joint when you are active, especially as you push-off on the toes when you walk
  • Swelling around the joint
  • A bump, like a bunion or a callus, that develops on the top of the foot
  • Stiffness in the great toe and an inability to bend it up or down

What Happens During Cartiva Toe Surgery?

During a simple outpatient procedure lasting approximately 45 minutes, your surgeon makes a small 4 to 5 cm incision to expose the MTP joint. After removing any bone spurs, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage on the metatarsal head and replaces it with a press-fitted Cartiva SCI implant to provide a smooth, load-bearing joint surface.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Cartiva Surgery?

Unlike a fusion procedure, it is safe to begin weight-bearing immediately as tolerated. Likewise, some range of motion exercises should begin immediately to avoid stiffness. Many patients achieve relief from their arthritis symptoms immediately after the procedure, but normal soft tissue pain or discomfort may persist for at least 4 to 10 weeks as the wounds heal after surgery.

Next Steps: Book Your Cartiva Toe Surgery Consultation

If you are ready to discuss your Cartiva toe surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us using our online form to learn more and request a consultation from our private medical clinics today. To discover your healthcare options, your patient advisor will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications
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