Arthrodesis

Arthrodesis

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Arthrodesis

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What is Arthrodesis?

Arthrodesis is the surgical procedure to fuse the joint. It is used to treat chronic arthritis and deformities of the joints. Sometimes, it is also done to repair fractures or other injuries.

Arthrodesis helps in reducing pain, restoring motion and improving stability in the joint. It is performed under general anesthesia and may require hospitalization for a few days. It’s used to treat certain joint conditions, such as degenerative arthritis, congenital deformities, and fractures.

What are the methods of Arthrodesis?

The method of arthrodesis can be either external or internal.

External arthrodesis

This method involves removing the joint’s cartilage, then fusing the bones together with metal plates, screws, and pins. These plates are attached to the bones with screws and pins. The fusion between the bones is achieved by locking the plates in place.

Internal arthrodesis

With this procedure, an incision is made on the outside of your knee and another one is made on its inner side. Your doctor will use drill bits to remove any damaged parts of your knee before placing a metal plate into it so that it can fuse with your bones.

Bone grafting

Bone grafting is done before arthrodesis surgery to make the bones stronger. During this procedure, bone chips or allografts are used to fill in any gaps between the joint surfaces and promote healing.

Pins

Pins may be used to hold the bones together during healing if there are no other options available (such as plates or screws). They are typically removed after 6 weeks but can remain in place for up to 2 years before they need to be removed by a specialist surgeon who specializes in joint replacement surgery procedures like this one!

What are the causes of performing Arthrodesis?

Arthrodesis is the procedure of fusing a joint, usually in the ankle or wrist.

The main cause of arthrodesis is arthritis. This is a degenerative condition that can cause stiffness, pain and swelling in the joint. The cartilage that protects the ends of bones in the joint becomes worn away, meaning that the bones can rub against each other when you move your joint.

Another common cause of arthrodesis is an injury to the joint. This may be due to an accident or sports injury and can lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in your joint.

Why would you need arthrodesis?

Arthrodesis is a surgical procedure in which two or more bones are fused together. The procedure can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis – A degenerative joint disease that results in pain and loss of mobility.
  • Failed total knee replacement – When the prosthesis fails to meet the patient’s needs.
  • Failed total hip replacement – When pain persists despite surgical intervention.

The procedure involves placing screws into the bone and then fusing it with another part of the body such as muscle or tendon, so that it cannot move any further. This can help reduce pain and improve range of motion in certain joints like the knee, hip, shoulder and spine.

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What are the benefits of Arthrodesis?

This procedure can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis. It can also be used to fuse together two or more bones in order to provide stability to an area.

Some of the benefits of arthrodesis include:

  • It provides relief from pain associated with degeneration of joint surfaces and cartilage
  • It helps reduce inflammation and swelling around affected joints
  • It holds bones in place so that they cannot move out of position
  • It strengthens the joint by holding it together

What are the complications after Arthrodesis Procedure?

The complications after arthrodesis procedure are:

  • Pain at the site of surgery
  • Infection at the site of surgery
  • Swelling or fluid accumulation around the joint, which may cause pain, redness, warmth and tenderness in the knee
  • Blood clots in your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism)

What are the risk factors for Arthrodesis?

There are some risks associated with arthrodesis:

Bleeding

Bleeding can occur during or after surgery, causing a blood clot to form in the area. If this happens, you may need treatment with anticoagulant medications or blood transfusions.

Infection

An infection can take hold in your body if you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions or if you have an existing infection before surgery. This may require antibiotics, hospitalization, and treatment with intravenous fluids.

Pain

You may experience pain after surgery while your body heals from the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage this discomfort as needed. You should also be careful not to overuse your joints during recovery because this can make them stiffer than normal—a problem called “contracture.”

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What brace is used after Arthrodesis?

The brace that’s recommended for arthrodesis is a knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO). KAFOs are used to provide support and protection to the joint while it heals. A KAFO is designed to fit over your foot, ankle, and lower leg, with straps that go around your thigh and calf.

The device allows you to walk with a more normal gait than if you were wearing a plaster cast on one or both legs. It also helps ease pressure on the joints during movement.

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