Patient Education: Ankle Fusion

Ankle Fusion

An ankle fusion surgical procedure causes the ankle bones to fuse together. As a result the joint becomes rigid. This provides stability and pain relief at the cost of flexibility. In the past joint fusion was the preferred option for treating intolerable pain. More recently, artificial joint replacement has become the main option for treating extremely painful joints. Under some circumstances fusion may still be the best choice.

As always, any questions about your treatment options should be discussed with your doctor.

 

 

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