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.
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.
Ankle fusion surgery is performed for the treatment of severe cases of ankle arthritis.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will conduct a thorough physical examination and order X-rays before considering surgery.
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.