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What is a ankle fusion?

What is a ankle fusion?

Ankle fusion: It's a surgical procedure where the joint surface is resected than locked together with screws, rods or plates. This allows for no motion across a painful joint. Read more

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Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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Can you tell me more about to have their ankle fusion repeated due to pain?

Can you tell me more about to have their ankle fusion repeated due to pain?

Fusion: As stated, if it is to be repeated then the bones were not in proper position or the patient was not compliant resulting in improper healing. Read more

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I had ankle fusion back in 1997. Now I'm hurting more everyday. What happen after 15 yrs and having a lot pain?

I had ankle fusion back in 1997. Now I'm hurting more everyday. What happen after 15 yrs and having a lot pain?

Arthritis: Assuming the ankle fusion healed well, and you really haven't had too many symptoms until recently, the most likely cause is surrounding arthritis in other foot joints. There could be complications of the hardware, however, and a visit to a specialist and x-rays are warranted. Read more

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I had ankle fusion 6 months ago and don't have full sensation in parts of the area. How long might it take to regain the feeling?

I had ankle fusion 6 months ago and don't have full sensation in parts of the area. How long might it take to regain the feeling?

It can take: A year or longer to get full sensation back. It even possible for certain areas to remain numb and never get full sensation. I don't know what type of fusion you had but if you are concerened discuss it with your surgeon. Personally I wouldn't worry at 6 months. Read more

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What are the best pain reliever for ankle fusion?

What are the best pain reliever for ankle fusion?

Talk to your surgeon: It would be best to talk to your surgeon because it will depend on the intensity of the pain. Read more

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Can you provide some advice for someone who's had ankle & heel fusion?

Can you provide some advice for someone who's had ankle & heel fusion?

Yes: Chances are that it has left your leg shorter than the other. You will either need a special shoe or will need to have a lift attached to your current shoe. Read more

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What to do if I am considering an ankle fusion. Do you have any feedback or suggestions for me?

What to do if I am considering an ankle fusion. Do you have any feedback or suggestions for me?

B 4 fusion try brace: Try a brace first it will mimic how u will feel with a fusion. If u try this it is reversible while a fusion is not. Anot. Also u may b happy using the brace, ; not need the fusion at all. Read more

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If I am 22 active female should I get an ankle fusion or replacement? My dr. Said fusion. Do u agree?

If I am 22 active female should I get an ankle fusion or replacement? My dr. Said fusion. Do u agree?

Why do you need it?: At 22, you must have either a significant prior trauma to the ankle, or a severe rheumatologic condition. Either option is pretty extreme. As far as which has a better track record, fusions do have more durability, especially for active patients. If you think replacement, make sure you get an opinion by a surgeon that specializes in the operation. There are very few of them. Read more

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Can you tell me how much time will it take to recovery from ankle fusion surgery, and what is to be expected?

Can you tell me how much time will it take to recovery from ankle fusion surgery, and what is to be expected?

Several months: It could be more or less depending on the procedure and what type of fixation is used to fuse the joint. You will not have any motion at the ankle after surgery. Read more

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How painful is having an ankle replacement/fusion?

Variable: There is some pain involved because of soft tissues and bone are cut and manipulated. Hardware also has to be placed. Many surgeons performing use regional nerve blocks which substantially decrease and sometimes even eliminate the pain for an extended time. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and response to pain medications as well. In short the pain levels vary with individual cases. Read more

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Is it common to have an ankle replacement or fusion?

Is it common to have an ankle replacement or fusion?

Ankle surgery: At your age, if indicated (arthritis, etc) it is usually an ankle fusion that takes place unless you have been told you have juvenile ra. Both procedures are commonly done by foot and ankle surgeons who have been trained properly. The recovery time is roughly the same, but at your age, if indicated by medical history and physician evaluation, usually a fusion is done. Hope that helps! Read more

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What is the recovery period of a subtailar tibial fusion on your ankle?

What is the recovery period of a subtailar tibial fusion on your ankle?

About one year: 2-3 months of initial non weight bearing post op for bone healing : usually upon verification of bone /fusion site healing there will be gradual return to protected weight bearing (with a boot) and ultimately to proper shoes and orthotics. Physical therapy may be indicated. Full return to exercises may take about a year pending level of exercise Read more

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Should I get joint fusion in my ankle? What are criteria?

Complex: Criteria for ankle fusions are complex and generally conservative approaches are attempted first before considering fusion. A noninclusive list of factors include history of injury, response to prior treatment, current ankle positioning, current medical history & social factors that include history of or present use of nicotine containing products. Talk to a board certified surgeon for more info. Read more

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Can you have an ankle replacement done after you have an ankle fusion?

Yes...maybe: This is possible, but it is a highly complex procedure and must be done by a trained foot and ankle orthopedic specialist who has extensive experience with total ankle replacement. Read more

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Do you think I should I get joint fusion in my ankle?

Depends: Joint fusion are done only when other options have failed and there is severe pain and difficulty walking. Another option may be an ankle replacement implant. Read more

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Triple joint ankle fusion, how long does it take to feel normal?

Triple joint ankle fusion, how long does it take to feel normal?

Maybe never: This is a major fusion of the foot where mobility is sacrificed to relieve pain. The continued stiffness may not allow it to feel normal. Read more

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How does an ankle fusion for correction of a tarsal coalition work?

Coalition: Ankle fusion is used for severe arthritic deformity with or without deformity it you may be referring to subtalar fusion which could b used to eliminate pain if the boney coalition comprises several articular facets of this joint and account for pain. More commonly coalition resected/removed only. Read more

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Can you tell me about an ankle fusion for correction of a tarsal coalition?

Can you tell me about an ankle fusion for correction of a tarsal coalition?

See below: Often times it is not the ankle that is fused for tarsal coalition but what is done is a triple arthrodesis fusing bones of the foot and not the ankle. Read more

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