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Dr. Robert Hadfield
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Joint Fusion (Overview)

Also called an arthrodesis. The porpose of a joint fusion is to stop motion of the joint. The joint surfaces are removed and some type of fixation may be added. The boney surfaces heal to each other essentially making one bone where there used to be two separated by the joint. A fusion may be done fr pain, deformity, weakness or dysfunction. Fusions are permanent but they can be reversed at times.


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What is the definition or description of: joint fusion?

What is the definition or description of: joint fusion?

A joint fusion is : Also called an arthrodesis. The porpose of a joint fusion is to stop motion of the joint. The joint surfaces are removed and some type of fixation may be added. The boney surfaces heal to each other essentially making one bone where there used to be two separated by the joint. A fusion may be done fr pain, deformity, weakness or dysfunction. Fusions are permanent but they can be reversed at times. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Hadfield
50 doctors shared insights

Joint Fusion (Overview)

Also called an arthrodesis. The porpose of a joint fusion is to stop motion of the joint. The joint surfaces are removed and some type of fixation may be added. The boney surfaces heal to each other essentially making one bone where there used to be two separated by the joint. A fusion may be done fr pain, deformity, weakness or dysfunction. Fusions are permanent but they can be reversed at times.


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I may need a joint fusion. Who do I see. What should I do?

I may need a joint fusion. Who do I see. What should I do?

Orthopedic Surgeon: If you need a joint fusion, you need to see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the area of the body or the joint in question. ...Read more

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

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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What does talonavicular is joint fusion révision mean?

What does talonavicular is joint fusion révision mean?

Repeat fusion: There is a joint between your talus and navicular bones in which there is normally motion. A fusion is done to try to permanently eliminate motion in that joint, usually with the goal of improving pain. Revision suggests the surgery was done before and was unsuccessful, requiring another surgery. ...Read more

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

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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Tell me about subtalar joint fusion?

Tell me about subtalar joint fusion?

See below: It is usually done for instability and it is where 2 bones the talus and calcaneous are surgically fused together. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a 2nd toe joint fusion?

What is it like to have a 2nd toe joint fusion?

It stabilizes: The toe but doesn't allow bending. I can't tell you how it feels as i never had one, i only perform them, i think it's a good procedure when indicated. ...Read more

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What can I expect when getting a 2nd toe joint fusion?

What can I expect when getting a 2nd toe joint fusion?

Expect: A fusion is the removal of a joint and usually using a pin to achieve bony fusion resulting in a straight toe. There will be no joint where there once was one and thus no motion . It is an acceptable compromise for a joint/toe position that was painful. Please consult your surgeon for any and all questions. ...Read more

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S1 last year and now they say i need an si joint fusion as well, why?

S1 last year and now they say i need an si joint fusion as well, why?

See detailsd: S1 what last year? If you have questions as to the need for surgery, i urge you to get a 2nd opinion. Without a history, exam and the ability to evaluate MRI and other study results, specific advice is impossible. ...Read more

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


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more