Ankle Fusion

ANKLE FUSION ( ARTHRODESIS )

WHAT IS ANKLE FUSION?

An ankle fusion, otherwise known as arthrodesis, is an operation to "fuse" the bones in the ankle. After an ankle fusion, the ankle is stiffened and the joint is no longer has full range of motion but the disabling pain you had before the surgery will be gone once the bones are fused.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Ankle fusion surgery can be done either open or arthroscopically.

In both cases the articular surfaces are removed and the 2 bones will be stabilized with metal implants.

WHEN DO YOU NEED ANKLE FUSION?

Ankle fusion surgery is performed for the treatment of severe cases of ankle arthritis.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR ANKLE FUSION?

Your orthopaedic surgeon will conduct a thorough physical examination and order X-rays before considering surgery.

HOW LONG WILL RECOVERY TAKE?

Recovery will depend on how long your bones take to fuse, as well as your personal condition. Speak to your orthopaedic surgeon about rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any lifestyle changes that might be required.

DR GABRIEL PIRJOL

Dr Gabriel Pirjol is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Kwazulu Natal at St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban. He also consults and operates from Gateway Hospital in Umhlanga, Westville Hospital and Malvern Medicross.

CONTACT

Telephone: +27 31 202 5463

Email: gpirjol@gmail.com / lisacbauerschmidt@gmail.com

Address : Suite 24 Chelmsford Medical Centre
St Augustine's Hospital
107 J B Marks Road
Berea, 4001