Ankles fusion

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Hi all group. I had surgery for the tendon transfer and osteotomy in September 2. 2015. It is a complete failure. The surgeon doctor is not agree but my foot severely deform, weak and I  walk with the pain. I had two second opinions and was highly recommended triple arthrodesis for my foot. I went back to my UCLA chef ankle and foot specialist (I have HMO) and he was screaming and yelling at me that I have a bad foot and he can't promise any good results and he doesn't practice triple arthrodesis and can run the only ankle fusion. I feel hopeless because I am a single woman and I can loose my work, insurance and I can't walk. Can you please share with me what kind of different between these two procedures. English is my second language on top of all my problem and I hope you all understand my question. Thank you so much for your respond.


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    Hi Tatyana02694

    I'm sorry to hear you're going through such a difficult time! If I'm understanding you correctly you want to know the difference between a 'Triple Arthrodesis' and a 'Fusion'?

    Firstly, Arthrodesis is just another word for fusion - so maybe a triple arthrodesis fuses three different joints (subtalar joint, calcaneocuboid joint and the talonavicular joint), but the 'normal' ankle arthrodesis fuses two other joints (tibia and talus)?

    Here's what I found:

    A Triple Arthrodesis is -

    "Triple arthrodesis is a surgical procedure whose purpose is to relieve pain in the rear part of the foot, improve stability of the foot, and in some cases correct deformity of the foot, by fusing of the three main joints of the hindfoot: the subtalar joint, calcaneocuboid joint and the talonavicular joint."

    A Fusion is -

    "This is a surgical procedure which joins together the main bones of the ankle joint (the tibia and the talus). However, depending on the technique your surgeon will use, occasionally the fibula will be included in this procedure.

    The two joint surfaces which generate the pain are removed. The joints are then fused together with screws."

    I'm sorry I can't be more help!! I don't have any sort of medical training! But I have had both ankles fused, so have a bit of experience from the patients side.

    I hope you find the answer you're looking for!


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      Charlotte, good information for Tatyana & me.

      I had TaloNavicular fusion . Should b out if my boot July 19. What happened for u when u were no longer in boot. I don't have pain but foot still swells. What kind of shoe could u wear?

      Excited but a little nervous for my next step.

      Thank u, Karran

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      Thank you Ceejay87 for your reply. I had a feeling that these are the same precidures, different meaning. I have a difficalt time, yes. My doc lookes at me like I am costing him a problem. He still can't beleive that his first surgery he run for me is a complite faliere.

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