Advertisement

What is joint fusion surgery?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Joint fusion, also called arthrodesis, is surgery that removes a joint with severe osteoarthritis and then fastens (fuses) the ends of the remaining bones together. The bones are held together with pins, screws, plates, or rods while they heal. Because joint fusion removes the joint, the remaining part -- a finger, for example -- becomes stiff and can't bend any more. Joint fusion is usually done on joints of the fingers, toes, ankle, and spine.  A surgeon eliminates the joint by removing the soft tissue inside it and fastening together the ends of bone (fusion). Pins, plates, screws, or rods may hold bones in place while they heal. This procedure eliminates flexibility in that area, but brings pain relief.

Continue Learning about Osteoarthritis Treatment

Ease Knee Osteoarthritis Pain With These Alternative Remedies
Ease Knee Osteoarthritis Pain With These Alternative Remedies
Don’t get sidelined by pain from knee osteoarthritis. Integrative medicine expert Robin Miller, MD, explains how Eastern therapies—including acupunctu...
Read More
How can chemotherapy drugs help osteoarthritis?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Chemotherapy drugs such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall) are effective for treating the symptom...
More Answers
What do I need at home to recover from knee surgery?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
When you get home from the hospital after knee replacement surgery, you will have trouble bendin...
More Answers
How Can Having Sex Lessen Osteoarthritis Pain?
How Can Having Sex Lessen Osteoarthritis Pain?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.