I have been diagnosed with hallux rigidus stage 4. Unfortunately I have been given conflicting opinions as to treatment. One is a chliectomy and if that is not sufficient then it is a fusion or bio-pro hemi implant. These opinions obviously come form differrent doctors. From the correspondence on this healthboard there is consideable differences of opinion. Surgery is scheduled for late October. Does anyone know how long an implant lasts for an active tennis/golf player, who loves to shop.