As part of our dedication to providing the latest and most effective treatments to our patients, our expertly trained orthopedic surgeons, Michael I. Goldberger, M.D., and David M. Epstein, M.D., offer first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint replacement using the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) as a motion-sparing alternative to arthrodesis, or joint fusion.

Used to treat osteoarthritis (wear and tear) of the first MTP joint in the great (big) toe, the Cartiva SCI procedure involves the removal of damaged tissue and the implantation of an advanced, organic hydrated polymer implant for the restoration of natural, normal movement.

Please use the buttons below to find out if you’re a good candidate for a Cartiva SCI procedure, learn about how it is performed and what you can expect after surgery, and view news coverage on the benefits of this state-of-the-art procedure.

Why Choose Tri-County Orthopedics?

Our expert MTP replacement surgeons at Tri-County Orthopedics have completed rigorous training and specialized educational programs focused exclusively on foot and ankle procedures. Having mastered highly advanced techniques and accumulated a wealth of combined experience, our surgeons are compassionate, talented, and highly skilled in developing customized treatment plans to accommodate each patient’s individual needs.

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Michael Goldberger and Dr. David Epstein, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to effectively treat your foot pain and limitation, so you can get back to an active, pain-free lifestyle. 

To consult with a Tri-County Orthopedics foot and ankle surgeon, please request an appointment online or call (973) 538-2334.