If you have severe joint pain caused by a condition such as arthritis, then joint fusion surgery may be an option worth considering, especially if other treatments have failed to relieve your arthritic pain. But when is joint fusion necessary? Here’s what you need to know.
Why Joint Fusion?
Joint fusion, also known as arthrodesis, is a surgical procedure that is conducted to permanently hold a joint in a fixed position by fusing together the two bones that make up the joint. Fusion strengthens and stabilizes the joint and prevents any movement between the bones. The procedure is recommended when movement of the joint is the source of pain. Joint fusion is permanent, meaning the joint will never move again, and it can dramatically help to relieve pain in the area and improve mobility overall. In many cases, it is recommended if other treatments have failed.
Joint fusion surgery is often performed to treat arthritis in the foot but it can be done on a number of other joints, including the spine, ankles, wrists and fingers and thumbs. Joint fusion surgery may also be carried out as an alternative to joint replacement surgery, especially for those who may encounter problems with joint replacements.
Joint fusion surgery involves making a small incision in the skin, then removing damaged cartilage from the joint to allow the bones to fuse together. Pins, plates, and other connective hardware are used to hold the bones together so they fuse successfully. Depending on the condition of the joint, the surgeon may need to take a bone graft from another part of the body to replace missing bone and encourage fusion. At the end of the procedure, incisions are then closed.
In or Out-Patient?
Depending on the type of joint fusion surgery you need, the procedure can sometimes be done under local anesthetic. The surgery may be done as an outpatient procedure but alternatively, it may require a hospital stay.
Depending on the patient and the procedure performed, the length of recovery will vary. Sometimes it can be a long process and may require a cast or brace to support the joint. Physical therapy and the use of walking aids, such as crutches or a wheelchair, may also be recommended to support recovery.
Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida
Joint fusion surgery doesn’t always prevent you from developing pain in the future (especially if the condition is degenerative such as arthritis), but it can provide effective symptom relief and be a beneficial treatment for certain conditions. The only way to know if joint fusion surgery is right for you is by consulting with an expert joint replacement specialist. If you live in Naples and are suffering from joint pain or would like more information about the services we provide, then call the Joint Replacement Institute today. Our medical professionals are committed to providing personalized health care for a variety of conditions combined with access to the most advanced surgical procedures. We aim to make each visit as comfortable as it can be and pride ourselves in offering a friendly and welcoming environment to our patients. Don’t delay. Call the Joint Replacement Institute today at (239) 261-2663. You can also request an appointment online.