Fusion of joints

Overview

The joint fusion surgery, also known as arthrodesis is a surgery which is helpful to release the pain in your joint with severe osteoarthritis by removing that joint and then welding the ends of the remaining bones together. It is very helpful for the patients to remove the aching joint and makes themselves fee from severe pain. The bone then becomes one solid bone which makes your joint more stable and you can bear more weight on the treated joint. The arthritis pain, if not treated on time, can cause a heavy damage to your joints. With the help of this procedure, you can also get relief from back problems such as scoliosis and degenerative disk disease. Arthrodesis surgery is usually done to release the pain from the joints of fingers, feet, ankles, spine, and toes.

The Procedure of Joint Fusion Surgery

In this procedure, by giving a local anesthesia your surgeon will make a small incision on your skin and take out all the damaged tissues from your joint. A small piece of bone or a special man-made substance is kept between the two ends of the joints. The remaining joints will then be fused with the help of pins, plates, screws or rods. This hardware is permanently placed in the treated area. 

The triple arthrodesis surgery is also performed in such a way by welding the three main joints of the hind foot. And it is especially to treat the rear part of the foot to correct its deformity and sometimes to improve the stability of the foot.

Triple arthrodesis surgery is also a very supportive procedure to fuse the bones of your ankle. The ankle bones are fused into one single piece and the patient gets relief from the pain of arthritis in the ankle. The fusion of ankle joint surgery is done when Rheumatoid arthritis or any injury is there in the ankle and thus repairs it to release the pain.

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Recovery After Surgery

Joint fusion surgery is very effective surgery and helps you to get significant relief from severe pain in 6 to 12 weeks. The first four weeks after the surgery gives you the most severe pains but can be controlled by some painkiller and injections. The pain decreases gradually over time. Some of the body movements should be avoided during the recovery period such as
  • Bending
  • Excess lifting
  • Driving
A back brace should be worn by the patient for 3 to 6 months as advised by the doctor to get a quick recovery. Some of the physical therapies is useful to cause a fast healing process.

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