Ankle Arthrodesis

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Ankle Arthrodesis

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What is Ankle Arthrodesis?

Ankle arthrodesis, or fusion of the tibiotalar joint, is a surgical procedure that involves fusing together two bones in your ankle.

The purpose of this procedure is to relieve pain from arthritis or another condition that causes abnormal stress on the joint. It also allows you to walk without pain and improves your ability to move your foot in certain directions.

Ankle arthrodesis is usually done if other treatments such as medications and physical therapy do not relieve your pain or improve your ability to walk normally.

What are the types of Ankle Arthrodesis?

There are several different types of ankle arthrodesis.

Open reduction and internal fixation

This is a surgical procedure that involves fixing the bones of the ankle with metal pins and screws, as well as wiring them together. It is typically performed when there is severe damage to the ligaments and tendons in your ankle.

Total ankle replacement

This procedure involves removing all or part of your damaged ankle joint and replacing it with an artificial joint.

Ankle fusion

In this procedure, your surgeon will use small incisions to remove some or all of your damaged cartilage and fuse the remaining bones together using metal plates.

What are the causes of Ankle Arthrodesis?

Ankle arthrodesis is the surgical procedure that permanently fuses your ankle joint. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis and fractures.

The most common causes of ankle arthrodesis include:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Ankle fractures

What are the risk factors for Ankle Arthrodesis?

There are several risk factors that may make you a good candidate for ankle arthrodesis surgery. These include:

  • A history of chronic ankle pain or instability
  • Ankle fractures or other injuries that have not healed well after six months
  • A high BMI (over 30)
  • Severe arthritis in multiple joints

What is the procedure of Ankle Arthrodesis?

Ankle arthrodesis is a surgical procedure that involves removing the joint surfaces of your ankle and replacing them with metal plates and screws to stabilize the bones. This procedure is often done when there is too much pain or instability in the ankle after an injury or surgery.

The procedure may be done on just one side of the ankle or both sides. If both sides are done, it’s called bilateral arthrodesis. This can take up to four hours to complete and uses general anesthesia for pain management during surgery.

The surgeon will make an incision near the joint and remove any damaged tissue from inside the joint. The surgeon will also remove any damaged cartilage from around the joint, which helps reduce pain after surgery.

Then he’ll put in a plate made of titanium alloy that fits over both sides of your ankle bone to hold them together tightly while they heal into place using screws placed through holes drilled into each bone surface so they can’t move around inside your body anymore than necessary without breaking apart again later on down the road (which would cause more pain).

What are the benefits of Ankle Arthrodesis?

There are several benefits to Ankle Arthrodesis. These include:

  • Stabilization of the ankle joint
  • No more pain
  • Improved mobility and balance
  • Less chance of re-injury
  • Less chance of re-injury at the fused joints than with other types of operation such as ankle fusion or resurfacing;
  • A much lower risk of infection;
  • Improved function after surgery;
  • Improved motion and stability of the ankle joint
  • No need for future surgery
  • Improved quality of life

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What are the exercises after Ankle Arthrodesis?

Ankle arthrodesis, also known as ankle fusion, is a surgical procedure that involves removing the joint surfaces of the ankle bones.

After surgery, your doctor will give you specific exercises to do to help strengthen the muscles around your ankle and improve its range of motion.

The exercises can be done in three phases:

Phase 1 – After surgery

The first phase is when you are still in the hospital or at your doctor’s office. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about how to move your ankle to prevent any swelling or blood clots from developing in your leg. This phase usually lasts one week.

Phase 2 – At home

 You will use a stationary bicycle or walker during this phase of recovery so that you can begin building up strength in your leg muscles as soon as possible. This phase usually lasts two weeks after discharge from the hospital or clinic where you had surgery performed on your ankle bone(s).

Phase 3 – As needed throughout life!

Once you have fully recovered from ankle arthrodesis surgery, there are still some things that need attention if they become painful or bothersome again like walking long distances without shoes on uneven ground (such as grass), climbing stairs too many times per day (more than four), getting up from bed

How to take care after Ankle Arthrodesis?

Ankle arthrodesis is a surgical procedure performed to permanently fix the ankle joint. It involves removing any damaged cartilage and either fusing or using screws to hold the bones together. If you have had this surgery, you may be wondering how to take care of yourself after your procedure. Here are some steps to help you recover:

  • Your doctor will likely prescribe crutches for you to use for about two weeks. This will help your body heal properly and prevent any unnecessary pressure on the joint.
  • You should also avoid putting weight on your foot for at least three weeks after the surgery. This means no walking or standing on it, but it also means no driving or riding in a car until your doctor gives you permission.
  • You may need physical therapy after surgery as well! Your doctor will discuss this with you while they are treating your ankle, so be sure to ask what kind of support they can provide during this time period so that it doesn’t interfere with your recovery process too much

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What brace is used after Ankle Arthrodesis?

After Ankle Arthrodesis, the ankle will be immobilized in an Ankle Brace. This brace is custom-made to fit your ankle and is made of a hard plastic shell with elastic straps to hold it in place.

The brace keeps your ankle stable while it heals, which allows you to avoid complications like arthritis, tendonitis, and muscle atrophy that can occur when an injury isn’t properly taken care of.

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