Arthritis is a health complaint that affects a significant proportion of the world community, and people are oftentimes, forced to contend with a significant amount of disability and pain in their lives. Of all the different parts of the body that a person can acquire arthritis in, the ankle joint is without a doubt, the worst and most unfortunate. People who do acquire arthritis in the ankle will need to steel themselves for the grim prospect of a number of severely detrimental effects on their life, not to mention a limited range of treatment options.
One of the most commonly recognised and utilised forms of surgery for arthritis of the ankle is an ankle fusion and the reason for this is quite simple: it provides consistent, predictable results, as opposed to some of the newer methods of dealing with the disease that are highly unpredictable experimental, and which suffer from a woeful lack of long term data about them.
Please note that ankle fusion happens to be a very major and highly traumatic surgical option indeed, and with that in mind then, the patient is strongly recommended to ensure that they exhaust all other options before moving onto this one.
Risks of ankle fusion
Ankle fusion is a surgery that has been described as something of a ticking health bomb, and this is a fairly accurate description of the procedure. Even with an ankle fusion that has been performed cleanly and competently, the patient will have to contend with long term disability and pain and the reason for this is that the ankle fusion surgery does not actually treat the condition….it merely removes the ability of the foot to move freely.
Due to the nature of the operation, and the limited blood flow that reaches the afflicted joint, this means that around 5% of all ankle fusion operations will be converted into a Below The Knee amputation.
In addition, the range of physical activities that the patient will be able to perform will be reduced. Whilst walking can be achieved with ease, running, bending and climbing stairs will pose major challenges to the patient who has underwent the surgery.
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