Fusion surgery is used in the treatment of deformities and arthritis in the foot and ankle. Naturally, patients are nervous and anxious with fusion surgery. Partly because these procedures are not as common as hip and knee replacements, and therefore one is less likely to know someone who has had a fusion procedure. There is also the anxiety of the lack of motion of the joint due to the fusion procedure.
Fusion surgery is effective in the treatment of arthritis in the foot and ankle. Despite the lack of movement, the procedure is effective in treating pain (which is the main indication) and function is still reasonable and retained. The level of function and ability is dependent on many factors, including severity of arthritis, severity of deformity, the number of joints fused, individual medical conditions, and patient expectations.
The Fusion Corner is here for patient's to gain more information on their particular fusion surgery in order to give a further insight into the surgery and answer any questions. The examples used are from real live patients, who have given their consent to publish their clinical condition for the benefit of patient education. This does not replace a clinical discussion with the surgeon, but is aimed to provide further information and provide examples of patients after fusion surgery.