Ankle Fusion Surgery

Procedure

For decades, ankle fusion was the recommended surgical treatment for ankle arthritis, and for many it is still the best choice. We now know that one long-term risk of ankle fusion is the development of degenerative arthritis in the nearby or adjacent joints of the hindfoot 10 to 20 years after ankle fusion.

Fusion of the affected joints is the most common type of surgery performed for RA. Fusion takes the two bones that form a joint and fuses them together to make one bone.

During the surgery, the joints are exposed and the remaining cartilage is removed. The two bones are then held together with screws or a combination of screws and plates. This prevents the bones from moving. During the healing process, the body grows new bone between the bones in these joints.

Because the joint is no longer intact, this surgery does limit joint motion. Limited joint motion may not be felt by the patient, depending on the joints fused. The midfoot joints often do not have much motion to begin with, and fusing them does not create increased stiffness. The ankle joint normally does have a lot of motion, and fusing it will be noticeable to the patient. By limiting motion, fusion reduces the pain.

Fusion can be a successful technique. However, because patients with RA also show damaged cartilage and loose ligaments, the success rate of this type of surgery is lower in patients with RA than in patients without RA. The use of newer generation medication can slow the progression of the disease and impact the type of surgeries that can be performed successfully.

Foot & Ankle Conditions

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Adult Acquired Flatfoot
  • Ankle Sprains & Strains
  • Arthritis of the Foot & Ankle
  • Bone Spurs
  • Broken/Fractured Ankle
  • Calcaneous/Heelbone Fracture
  • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
  • Fracture of the Talus
  • Lisfranc/Midfoot Injury
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture of the Foot & Ankle
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tibia/Shinbone Shaft Fracture

Foot & Ankle Treatments

  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Surgery
  • Ankle Fusion Surgery
  • Ankle Reconstruction Surgery
  • Arthritis Surgeries of the Foot & Ankle
  • Cheilectomy
  • Common Ankle Surgery
  • Complex Ankle Surgery
  • Dislocation Surgery
  • Fractured Talus Surgery
  • Lisfranc Fracture Surgery
  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Surgery
  • Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

Conservative Treatments

The Orthopedic physicians at Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic provide conservative treatment options for Foot & Ankle conditions and injuries.

Foot & Ankle Treatment Highlights

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Innovative Implant Design

Stryker STAR Total Ankle Replacement implant is utilized by Dr. Todd Kim providing ankle replacement patients with innovative implant technologies.

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Responsive Implant Technology

The Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement Implant is the only mobile bearing total ankle replacement available in the US.

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The Orthopaedic physicians at Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic provide comprehensive services to all members of the family.
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