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About Ankle Fusion

About Ankle Fusion

Ankle fusion recovery is a process that takes time. Fortunately, the average period for returning to normal (or as normal as possible), does not last all that long. This procedure is not always a necessary step, but in some instances, it is the only real way to get results. So, let’s take a quick look at ankle fusion and what to expect during recovery.About Ankle Fusion

First of all, let’s explain ankle fusion. It’s a surgical procedure to alleviate pain and swelling in the ankle as a result of arthritis. Here’s how it works. A surgeon will cut an incision into the ankle to gain access to the joint. Thereafter, the surgeon will compress the bones together. Next, the surgeon will fuse those bones with plates, screws, and perhaps other hardware. (There might also be a need for some bone grafting to promote the best healing.)

Ankle Fusion Recovery

The time it takes to recover from ankle fusion really depends on the person and specific set of circumstances. But, in general, most patients must stay off their ankle for a period of 8 to 12 weeks. Thereafter, the patient usually wears a boot or cast. So, the total time to heal from ankle fusion ranges from 4 to 6 months.

Ankle Fusion Risks

As with any type of surgery, there are a few risks related to ankle fusion. These include, but are not limited to: infection, nerve damage, blood clot, bone misalignment, failure of bones to fuse, and possibily new arthritis in nearby joints.