Ankle fusion surgery is a procedure that is sometimes referred to as ankle arthrodesis, and is sometimes recommended for patients who suffer from degenerative arthritis of the ankle. This arthritis can be brought on by a past ankle fracture, which over time can result in a painful, worn out joint.
When a surgeon recommends an ankle fusion procedure, the goal is to surgically fuse the bones of the ankle joint in order to control pain. When successful, the effects of this procedure should be long-lasting, allowing a patient to resume activity and mobility.
After ankle fusion surgery, a patient will undergo a period of recovery. Your surgeon will recommend a recovery plan that can include casting, resting the joint and possibly physical therapy. Most patients can resume a normal walking gait after a successful ankle fusion procedure.