Foot and/or Ankle Fusions
An ankle fusion is a good option for certain individuals who are not good candidates for a total ankle replacement. The success rate of ankle fusion is good, provided techniques are used which use small incisions. It is possible to do the ankle fusion through two tiny incisions, referred to as the mini-arthrotomy procedure for ankle fusion. Exercise is possible following an ankle fusion but very few running type activities, ball or racquet sports are going to be possible.
Many factors may influence a physician’s decision to fuse a joint. Injuries, surgical procedures, immobility, pain or joint disease are all considerations.
As any physician will tell you, each patient presents with a different medical history as well as different pain complaints, therefore, it is best to consult with your physician for your treatment options.