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57 YO male with 6th surgery on R ankle (since injury in 1995) being Triple Arthrodesis one year ago. Continued pain at level 9-10. Another surgery?

57 YO male with 6th surgery on R ankle (since injury in 1995)  being Triple Arthrodesis one year ago.  Continued pain at level 9-10.  Another surgery?

Rough time...: You must have had some pretty bad injury to have to go through all that you did. Since I don't know all the details of the past 19 years, if you haven't yet, get another opinion with a physician that deals a lot with foot/ankle trauma. A fresh set of eyes may help. Good luck... ...Read more

Dr. Robert Hadfield
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Joint Fusion (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Why does my ankle hurt years after my Ankle Arthrodesis surgery?

Why does my ankle hurt years after my Ankle Arthrodesis surgery?

See your doctor: Could be a number of reasons why. It may or may not be related to original surgery. Need evaluation by your physician to determine why you have pain. Then proper treatment can be administered. ...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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Any ideas why my ankle aches but doesn't really hurt after a subtalar joint fusion?

Any ideas why my ankle aches but doesn't really hurt after a subtalar joint fusion?

Change in position: The surgery you had changes the position of the foot and decreases motion, therefore my experience aching, but should go away with time. ...Read more

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I had joint fusion of my ankle following a fracture of tibia and fibia. I've been cleared to walk again, but i'm in pain w/ every step; same as b4 surgery. Is this normal?

I had joint fusion of my ankle following a fracture of tibia and fibia. I've been cleared to walk again, but i'm in pain w/ every step; same as b4 surgery. Is this normal?

No: There could be some pain after coming out of immobilization. Depending on how long you are following surgery will depend on how much discomfort you have. The pain however should be less than before surgery. You should have a repeat x-ray and be checked. ...Read more

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I recently had a triple arthrodesis. I know I lost side to side motion. Are there certain activities that I'll no longer be able to do?

Yes.: You did not say which joint but is usually the ankle. You lose side to side and flexion/ extension. The joint is fixed and will not move. Will need to learn to walk again on that side. Whole new approach. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Hadfield
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Arthrodesis (Definition)

Arthrodesis is also known as Joint fusion. A procedure done as a last resort to relieve intractable pain in a joint which cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, ...Read more