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

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

There are instances where a fusion can be 'taken down' to allow for an ankle replacement.
But, not all ankle fusions can be taken down to allow for an ankle replacement as sometimes the fibula is partially removed. However, not all patients are even candidates for an ankle replacement-even before a fusion. Talk to a certified ankle replacement physician about options.

In brief: Sometimes

There are instances where a fusion can be 'taken down' to allow for an ankle replacement.
But, not all ankle fusions can be taken down to allow for an ankle replacement as sometimes the fibula is partially removed. However, not all patients are even candidates for an ankle replacement-even before a fusion. Talk to a certified ankle replacement physician about options.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Replace post fusion

This can be done.
However the results of an ankle replacement placed after an ankle fusion are not as good as an ankle replacement done from the start.

In brief: Replace post fusion

This can be done.
However the results of an ankle replacement placed after an ankle fusion are not as good as an ankle replacement done from the start.
Dr. Selene Parekh
Dr. Selene Parekh
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