What Is a Triple Arthrodesis Surgical Procedure?

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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?

Doctor's response

A triple arthrodesis 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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