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Ankle Fusion

Ankle Fusion Surgery

 Our ankle supports a tremendous load day by day and when something goes wrong in that area we can feel it with every movement we make.  When the ankle joint gets damaged or worn out, the accompanying persistent pain makes ankle fusion surgery an urging necessity.

Ankle fusion surgery, also known as ankle arthrodesis, is currently the most efficient way to treat:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritisAnkle-Fusion-Surgery_Small
  • Misalignment
  • Ankle conditions caused by fracture and cartilage damage

The Ankle Fusion Procedure

Today’s ankle specialists prefer minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques in ankle fusion surgery. With arthroscopic surgery, only a small incision is made, through which a small camera, light source and the special tools are inserted into the ankle.

During ankle fusion the bones of the ankle are fused and fixed with usually internally implanted fixing instruments.

Internal fixation is much more common than external stabilization. Either the orthopedic surgeon opts for open or arthroscopic ankle fusion, the procedure remains basically the same:

 After the incision the specialist has to remove the articular cartilage from the ankle joint, then the leg bones (tibia) and ankle bones (talus) are joined with the help of screws and plates. To facilitate bone fusion, the surgeon usually harvests bone-graft from other parts of the body and places it around the fused bones. The fixing tools stay in the patient’s body permanently while a bone fusion takes place, similarly to the healing process of fractured bones.

After the ankle fusion surgery your leg is placed in a plaster cast and you will need to use crutches and free your operated leg from every weight for 8-12 weeks post-surgery.

Once fully recovered from ankle fusion operation, patients experience decreased flexibility in the ankle, but it does not hinder patients in walking properly. The results are the best when the other surrounding joints are healthy and are able to take over from the load of the fused ankle.

Ankle Fusion Abroad

As ankle fusion operation usually becomes necessary because of degenerative diseases, your progressively developing condition will allow you to consider many orthopedic surgeons and medical facilities. It might be worthwhile to get information about options of ankle fusion abroad; more and more patients realize that there are few or no differences in surgery techniques, materials and expertise all around the globe, only prices do differ enormously.