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      Triple Arthrodesis in Miami Beach, FL

      Triple Arthrodesis Miami Beach FL

      Triple Arthrodesis: What is it?

      The goal of this type of surgery is to fuse or glue together (arthrodesis) 3 joints of the back of the foot (triple arthrodesis). It is a very useful operation to correct various types of deformities of the foot as well as certain types of arthritis of the back of the foot. This type of surgery does not typically affect the up and down movement (dorsiflexion and plantarflexion) of the foot and ankle.

      The side-to-side movement (inversion and eversion) of the back of the foot is affected, and will no longer be present. Usually however for most patients who require triple arthrodesis, most of this side-to-side movement has already been lost. The lack of this side-to-side movement will be noticeable when walking on uneven ground surfaces. This does not, however, cause any pain, and all types of exercise are permitted following a triple arthrodesis.

      Screws/plates are inserted into the heel bone to hold the joint together while the fusion occurs. Once the joint is fused the screws are not necessary, but are rarely removed. Following the arthrodesis, a return to activity and exercise is important which is made easier with physical therapy and regular exercise.

      Triple Arthrodesis - Postoperative Recovery

      Walking After Triple Arthrodesis

      • You will not be walking on the leg for about 6 weeks. This depends on how quickly your bone starts to heal.
      • In order to stay off your foot, you will need to use crutches, a walker, a wheelchair or a scooter-type device called a roll-about.
      • There will be a hard plaster bandage applied to the leg for two weeks after surgery.
      • Your first follow-up visit will be at approximately 2 weeks We will usually apply a removable boot for you to wear at this time.
      • If the surgery is on your left ankle, you should be able to drive an automatic vehicle at two weeks. If the surgery is on the right foot, you may drive between 3 and 4 weeks.
      • You may begin to walk with the boot at about 6 weeks, depending upon your level of discomfort and the instructions were given to you.
      • Physical therapy is helpful to regain the strength and movement of the ankle.
      • You should plan to use a physical therapist for about 1-2 months.
      • There will be moderate swelling of the foot, ankle, and leg for about 6 months.
      • You will continue to improve your strength and movement for about 9 months after the surgery.
      • You can expect to have some soreness and aching for about 4-6 months after surgery.

      Triple Arthrodesis - Specific Post-Operative Course

      Week 0-2

      • Foot wrapped in a bulky bandage and splint, ice, elevate, take pain medication as needed
      • Do not change the bandage

      Week 2-6

      • The dressing is changed, and a boot is applied
      • No weight bearing for about 4 weeks

      Week 6

      • Start walking in the boot

      Week 12

      • Start an exercise program
      • Allowed sneaker

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      Ettore Vulcano, MD (Mount Sinai Medical Center)
      4302 Alton Road, Suite 220
      Miami Beach, FL 33140
      Phone: (305) 674-2090

      Orthopedic surgeon serving patients in Miami Beach, Miami, and the surrounding South Florida communities.

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