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A modular thumb patient is back to surgery

Dr. Duffner, an orthopedic surgeon in Palm Springs, CA, was contemplating early retirement due to painful arthritis in both of his thumbs. Now, thanks to the BioPro Modular Thumb and his surgeon Dr. Neil Jones, he is back to surgery. Listen as he shares his experience.

Dan M.

On May 29, 2021, my left hand received a BioPro Modular Thumb Implant.

Thanks to excellent physical therapy, the surgeon’s skill, and your product’s precision, my recovery from the first surgery was complete enough for the second surgery after only about three months. On August 19, 2021, I had a BioPro implant placed in my right hand. Surprisingly, the wear on my left hand was substantially worse than that of the right and was near the limit of bone remaining for the surgery. (I am right-handed) This was an ominous sign, but in X-rays my right hand looked significantly better. My left hand’s range of motion and strength are much improved, and I will exchange a cast for a removable splint next week.

My surgeon was Dr. Michael Manning, a surgeon you recommended. Dr. Manning practices in Las Vegas, and my wife and I live in Boise, so the trips were an adventure in themselves. His skill is evident in the fact that the incision on my left hand is already nearly invisible. In my book, he is a superstar.

I owe Dr. Manning, and BioPro a very large debt of gratitude.

As a result, I can now continue to do optical design, construction, and sales in my little company’s products, and I can also continue to play the piano. Both would have been impossible after LRTI surgery.

I am a fan of disruptive technology, and yours is the best kind.

Joy K.

I had my first BioPro implant put in January 2010 on my right thumb by Dr. John Thiel at Hayes Green Beech Hospital in Charlotte Michigan. I had such great success that when my left thumb started to go bad I sought out another surgeon who did this procedure. Dr. Thiel had retired. I found Dr. Barry Collins at Bronson Orthopedic in Battle Creek Michigan. 10 years, 10 months, and 17 days later I now have my left thumb implant in and it is fabulous. I love telling people all about BioPro Implants. So blessed to have found relief from my extreme pain. Thank you

Larry C.

For the past several years, I had been living with a persistent ache in my left hand. Holding a car steering wheel or bicycle handlebar was difficult; opening jars and bags was frustrating; working with tools would require ice therapy afterward. My doctor diagnosed an arthritic CMC joint and would occasionally inject cortisone for relief, this eventually became ineffective.

I was dismayed that the procedure suggested by my doctor essentially removed the arthritic CMC bone and replaced it with soft tissue. I am still active, enjoy using my hands, and was not ready to accept reduced strength permanently. I researched online for engineered alternatives and reached out to some manufacturers for nearby surgeons I could meet with to discuss options. The BioPro representative was very helpful and I soon met with a surgeon he recommended.

Dr. Baublitz evaluated my condition, determined that I was a good candidate for the BioPro thumb implant and we set a date for surgery. The surgery itself was quick; I was in and out of the hospital in a few hours. I had very little pain from the operation, and commented to my wife after three days that it already bothered me less than before surgery!

Two weeks in a cast and three more in a soft brace led to a clean bill of health from the surgeon. I’m now two full months in, almost completely pain-free, and able to open jars with a smile for the first time in years. I am still gaining strength and range of motion, but every day is easier.

I am exceedingly pleased with the result of the BioPro implant surgery and would recommend anyone suffering from an arthritic joint to contact BioPro to locate an experienced surgeon. In fact, I have already decided to seek treatment for an ancient toe injury from another surgeon recommended by BioPro.

Patient is Pain Free at 1 month post-op

Dr. Alejandro Badia interviews a patient after receiving the BioPro Modular Thumb Implant one month prior.

Yvonne I. – BioPro Customer Service

I have always enjoyed all kinds of needlecrafts and gardening. In the last 10-12 years my hands have gradually lost their grip & strength to the point that I haven’t been able to do crafts at all & this last summer had a very difficult time weeding & using pruners in the garden. After getting x-rays & talking with Dr. Habryl I decided to go ahead and get Modular Thumb Implants in both hands. I had the left hand done at the end of August and the right on the 1st of November. Both surgeries went very smoothly with very little to no pain. With my right hand being dominant I was able to get through physical therapy in 2 weeks time compared to a month with the left hand. With being only 3 months to 6 weeks post op I am able to open jars, turn door knobs & do my needlecrafts. I even have enough pinch strength to use a needle & thread. I am anxiously looking forward to winter being over so I can garden again.

Judy G.

Philip P.

In 2012 Dr. Mark Risen (Glasgow, KY) treated retired United States Marine, Philip, with a BioPro First MPJ Hemi. After 9+ years of running and hiking, including hiking both the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, he shares his story.

Rainer F.

I was an Olympian athlete in judo back in the 1970s. Because judo is done in bare feet, there were many occasions where I injured my great toe. As a result, in 2003, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my toe. It was quite painful and difficult to walk.

After some research, I was disappointed with corrective procedures until I came across BioPro. I located a surgeon in Windsor, Ontario and proceeded with the surgery. Unfortunately, after a year, due to my failure to follow proper rehab directions, my range of motion was less than desirable. I had to go back to have scar tissue removed from the joint.

However since 2004, I have not had any issues with my great toe and the procedure has been a great success. My experience with the restoration of joint function has really impressed upon me how important the great toe is in daily activity.

I heartily recommend the BioPro implant to anyone who is experiencing issues with their great toe.


In August 2006 I received a joint replacement on both of my big toes, by Dr Steed. I was in such pain, that I could hardly walk and my joints were both “bone to bone”.

After trying other non-evasive treatments, Dr. Steed and I decided to go forward with the joint replacements. I had a full knee replacement in 2002 and was not looking forward to the recovery of another joint replacement, but I needed to do something or give up walking without a lot of pain.

The day after my surgery I was totally without pain. There was no recovery other than the stitches and I have been pain free since then. I sincerely hope that when I have the need for other toe joint replacement that this same procedure is available. It’s been a “miracle” for me.


At 45 years of age I have led an active and healthy life. An issue that I have dealt with for over two decades is Bunions. When I was in my early twenties I went to see a doctor about my growing pain. I was told surgery could be done and recovery would be a minimum of eight weeks, flat on my back! Like I said, I lead a very active lifestyle. I walk a lot for my job everyday and when not at work I stay active kayaking, cycling, motorcycling, and working around the house and yard. As well as an assortment of other activities, so I grew to expect that my feet would ALWAYS hurt.

By the middle of 2012 the pain was almost unbearable. When I would get home at night, my feet would ache until I went to bed and then it would be made worst by the pressure of the sheets on my feet. So I had my wife look in the directory at work and find a doctor close to the office and someone who could get me in and SOON. This is where Dr. Slavitt enters. I go into the office in Elkridge MD. His staff took x-rays and returned two days later for a consult. Dr. Slavitt was very easy to talk to and very straight forward, which I truly enjoy. He cut right to the point and informed me that both of my feet were bad, very bad, but then again I already knew that. We discussed all the possibilities, including surgery. Once we settled on the date and which foot to start with, we were on our way! On November 5, 2012, I had the surgery on my right foot and recovery started. I had several follow up visits to Dr. Slavitt’s office and eight weeks later I was told it was complete.

The surgery that I had is called a Bunionectomy with joint replacement. After the surgery I had the typical swelling and discomfort but compared to the pain that I endured for the two decades, it was minor. Now at the end of the day when I sit down and compare my two feet I wish I had seen Dr. Slavitt sooner.

I am so please with Dr. Slavitt, his staff and how everything has turned out, I have scheduled the surgery for the other foot. Not that I am looking forward for the surgery I am looking forward to my feet NOT hurting when I get home.

I would like to take this moment to Thank Dr. Slavitt and his staff for improving my quality of life.


This letter is to thank the makers, Bio Pro, for the toe implant I recently had done. I am extremely pleased with it just as I was with the thumb implant. I suffer from severe arthritis and these implants have improved the quality of my life.

A foot specialist looked at my foot and wanted to do extreme surgery to remove a large bunion, straighten the toe and remove the arthritis. He said I would have to be in a non-weight bearing cast for 8 to 12 weeks. With the arthritis in my hands and shoulders I would not be able to use crutches so I was facing a wheelchair or be bedridden. Dr. Habryl, the excellent surgeon who did my thumb looked at my foot and said I was an excellent candidate for the toe implant. The surgery was more extensive than was expected but I was walking within 2 weeks in a special shoe. Also, it was basically pain free. What a difference than 8 to 12 weeks in a cast. These implants have given me greater movement and has helped greatly with the day to day pain I was experiencing.

My right hand needs an implant and both my knees need to be replaced and you can be assured I will be using BioPro products.