Ankle Surgery: What is Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion?

An ankle fusion is a procedure that fuses the bones in the ankle joint. When I perform an ankle fusion, I do it arthroscopically, so the biggest incision I have to make for an arthroscopic ankle fusion is 1.5-2 centimeters – and those are only necessary to put screws in to fuse the joint. In the following video, I further discuss arthroscopic ankle fusion, as well as long-term prognosis and what to expect during recovery:

For patients with other foot or ankle injuries or conditions, view these additional videos with more information:

James P. Halloran, M.D., Orthopedic SurgeonAbout the Author: James Halloran, M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon whose primary clinical interest focuses on diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the knee, ankle, and foot. Dr. Halloran completed fellowship training in both sports medicine and foot/ankle surgery. 


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