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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.

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