I have been told that I need a triple arthrodesis
surgical procedure. Could you please explain in detail exactly what this
is and what I can expect after the procedure?
A triple orthrodesis is an operation that fuses three joints of the ankle. It's purpose is to completely immobilize the ankle joint. It is used for patients who have a severely degenerated joint - most commonly a result of old injury.
The ankle that is fused will not have motion. Because there no longer is a joint, there no more pain. Typically, in order to assist walking, a rocker-bottom shoe must be used. The long-term results are generally very good.
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