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Ankle Arthrodesis 

Ankle Arthrodesis
Ankle Arthrodesis
Acute Pain Medicine

Jill Berlin

, and Thomas Halaszynski


This chapter discusses ankle arthrodesis (i.e., ankle fusion) surgery, the goal of which is to relieve pain and maintain or improve patient function. Candidates for ankle arthrodesis are those in whom more conservative treatments have failed and also those with severe ankle arthritis (degeneration of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones that form the ankle). The bones that form the ankle joint include the tibia, fibula, and talus. Pain can be made worse with movement of the ankle. To reduce pain is to take bones of the ankle and fuse them into one bone (to eliminate ankle motion).

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