A video of ankle fusion,or arthrodesis, surgery can be viewed at the website of the New England Orthopedic Surgeons, or NEOS. The NEOS website has a large selectionof related surgical procedure videos, including ankle fracture surgery, ankle replacement and arthroscopic ankle cartilage repair.
Ankle arthrodesis seeks to alleviate ankle problems arising from arthritis, such as pain and limited movement, as stated by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. The surgery involves the removal of cartilage from the ankle and the introduction of metal supports, including screws and plates. These help to maintain the ankle in its most effective configuration.
In some cases, externally mounted pins and bars may be necessary as well.