Triple Arthrodesis, Degenerative Arthritis

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Viewer Question:

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? 
Signed, CG

Doctor's Response:

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.

Thank you for your question.

Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2002

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