Mr Dishan Singh MBChB, FRCS, FRCS(Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Ankle arthritis - ankle and hindfoot fusion (arthrodesis)

An arthrodesis or fusion is an operation performed to fix a joint or joints in the foot and/or ankle. It may be used to treat a joint that is affected by severe arthritis or to correct deformity.

Ankle and hindfoot fusion

Your body is tricked into treating the joint as it would a broken bone. The joint surface is removed and screws or other metalwork are passed across the joint to maintain the position while the bone healing occurs. Bone then grows across the joint, fusing it solid.

The aim of this operation is to turn a stiff painful joint into a stiff painless joint. The operation is carried out only when all non-surgical measures have failed to control your pain.

Read more about ankle arthritis and hindfoot fusion (arthrodesis):

 A patient's guide to ankle arthritis and hindfoot fusion (arthrodesis)

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