Joint Fusion Procedure
What is Joint Fusion Procedure?
Is a Joint Fusion procedure right for me?
What happens during a joint fusion procedure?
The procedure is done under anaesthetic. It may be done via a traditional “open surgery” method or with a less-invasive arthroscopic (keyhole) approach. A bone graft may be used to support the fusion. This graft may be taken locally or from the heel bone or just below the knee.
Recovery from a joint fusion procedure
Typically, your surgeon will recommend not bearing weight on your ankle for at least six to eight weeks. Most patients find this time difficult, and typically rely on crutches, walkers, wheelchairs or knee scooters to move around.
Make sure that you prepare your home prior to surgery. This may involve adding ramps instead of stairs, or moving your bed to the ground level. You might also need aids such as commodes, railings or shower chairs. It’s also a good idea to have someone at home with you to help you with basic tasks like cooking or getting to the shops.
Any non-absorbable stitches are usually removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. After six to eight weeks your ankle will probably be strong enough to use a walking boot. After around 12-16 weeks you will probably be ready to walk without a boot, and begin your transition back to more vigorous activities.