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Arthroscopic Foot Fusion

Posted On: 04-28-2015
Arthroscopic Foot Fusion

What is Arthroscopic Foot Fusion?

During arthroscopic foot fusion, the three major bones in the foot (talo-navicular, subtalar and calcaneal-cuboid) are joined together with screws. This locks them together in order to reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.

Also Known As:

  • Arthroscopic joint fusion-foot
  • Arthroscopic foot joint fusion
  • Arthroscopic triple fusion
  • Arthroscopic triple arthrodesis
  • Arthroscopic foot arthrodesis
  • Foot arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Foot surgery

Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Foot Fusion:

Arthroscopic foot fusion is utilized in order to treat severe foot pain, foot injury, chronic sepsis, and arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis of the foot.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Arthroscopic Foot Fusion:

Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic foot fusion include strength training, physical therapy, pain medication, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, weight loss, and the use of shoe implants, foot braces and walking aids. Foot joint replacement is a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Foot Fusion:

Arthroscopic foot fusion is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Foot Fusion:

Possible risks following arthroscopic foot fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.

Prognosis after Arthroscopic Foot Fusion:

The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic foot fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relived.

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