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How does joint fusion surgery affect joint movement?

Rachel Rohde, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Joint "fusion" does just that: it fuses the joint. During surgery, the cartilage is removed and hardware (pins, plates, screws) is placed to hold the bones on either side of the joint together so that they heal to each other. The joint no longer is a joint, so it does not move at all, but because it does not move, it does not hurt.

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