T is for Triple Arthrodesis

November 7, 2012

A triple arthrodesis is a surgical procedure of last resort to fuse all the joints in the rearfoot.

A triple arthrodesis is a surgical procedure that involves the fusion of three joints in the foot: the talonavicular joint, the subtalar joint, and the calcaneocuboid joint. This procedure is typically performed to treat severe arthritis or instability in the foot, often resulting from conditions such as flatfoot deformity or post-traumatic arthritis.

During a triple arthrodesis, the surgeon removes the damaged cartilage from the three affected joints and then uses screws, plates, or other fixation devices to hold the bones in the correct position while they fuse together. The fusion of these joints results in a rigid, stable foot that can alleviate pain, correct deformities, and improve overall foot function.

After the surgery, the patient will usually need to wear a cast or a brace to protect the foot and promote proper healing. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help regain strength and mobility in the foot after the fusion. Recovery time can vary, but it generally takes several months for the foot to heal fully and for the patient to return to normal activities.

A triple arthrodesis is a major surgical procedure, and it is typically considered as a last resort when conservative treatments have failed to provide relief. The decision to undergo a triple arthrodesis should be made in consultation with a qualified orthopedic surgeon who can evaluate the individual’s condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment options.


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