Ankle fusion surgery can be a good treatment option for patients suffering from ankle arthritis, acute trauma, and other conditions.
Ankle Fusion Surgical Procedure
Ankle fusion surgery is a procedure in which the ankle bones are fused together using surgical hardware (plates, rods, screws, etc.). While fusion of the ankle bones does result in some loss of ankle mobility, the procedure provides significant pain relief for patients with ankle arthritis and other conditions.
The procedure starts by sedating the patient with anesthesia. The surgeon will make small incisions along the ankle and fuse the ankle bones in place using plates and screws. This will hold the bones in place as they mend. Once the bones have been fused, the surgical incisions will be closed with stitches. Be sure to follow the post-op instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure the quickest and most efficient recovery. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help you improve range-of-motion and adjust to the changes brought on by surgery. If you have any questions about returning to activities or work after your procedure, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon.
Knoxville Ankle Fusion Surgery
Ankle fusion surgery can help patients suffering from a variety of ankle injuries and conditions. If you are dealing with ankle pain that is disrupting your ability to do the things you love, make an appointment with an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for ankle fusion surgery. Our primary clinics are located in Knoxville and Powell, but we treat patients throughout the state of Tennessee.