What is arthrodesis?

Arthrodesis is a surgical procedure done to encourage the bones to grow together, thereby making movement in the joint impossible. Sometimes it is not possible to replace a diseased joint. If pain is especially severe and the use of the joint is already seriously impaired, the patient might consider arthrodesis to eliminate the pain.

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
In arthrodesis (bone fusion) surgery, your surgeon removes the cartilage of a joint and uses pins, screws, or plates to rigidly bind together the two bones that made up the joint. As the bones heal, they grow together as one bone. Arthrodesis is quite effective at reducing the pain of arthritis, but you won't be able to move the joint afterward.

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