Foot arthrodesis

Specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery

Foot arthrodesis is a surgical technique that involves the artificial fusion of the bones that form the joint, which still remain after surgery. The aim of the intervention is to relieve pain or deformity of the foot caused by poorly healed fractures, arthritis, infections, or birth defects. In foot arthrodesis two different techniques are used: open, in which a long incision and direct visualization of the joint is performed; or arthroscopic, in which small incisions in the skin by a thin arthroscope with a tiny camera attached to a monitor on which the doctor can go watching every step of the operation performed is entered. The joints take four months to merge completely, and then require the completion of a rehabilitation treatment with a physiotherapist.

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