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What is recovery from joint fusion surgery like?

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Your doctor will help you control the pain with medication.

You’ll probably need to wear a cast or brace and keep all weight off the joint. This could mean you’ll use crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair to get around.

Expect to lose some of your range of motion and feel stiff in your joint. Physical therapy can help keep your other joints in good working shape.

Healing can take up to 12 weeks, so you may need to ask a family member or friend to help with household tasks.

From: What is Joint Fusion Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Spinal Fusion Surgery.”

FootCareMD/American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Ankle Arthrodesis,” “First MTP Joint Fusion,” “Midfoot Fusion.”

OrthoArizona/Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists: “Joint Fusion Surgery.”

Chesterfield Royal Hospital/NHS, “Patient information: What to Expect After Your DIP Joint Fusion.”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal Fusion.”

Mass General Hospital Orthopaedics: “Back On Your Feet: A Patient Guide to Foot & Ankle Treatments.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Surgery for Aching Hands.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Spinal Fusion Surgery.”

FootCareMD/American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Ankle Arthrodesis,” “First MTP Joint Fusion,” “Midfoot Fusion.”

OrthoArizona/Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists: “Joint Fusion Surgery.”

Chesterfield Royal Hospital/NHS, “Patient information: What to Expect After Your DIP Joint Fusion.”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal Fusion.”

Mass General Hospital Orthopaedics: “Back On Your Feet: A Patient Guide to Foot & Ankle Treatments.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Surgery for Aching Hands.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

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