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Who shouldn't get joint fusion surgery?

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It can take a while to heal -- sometimes many months -- so your doctor will want to know that you can deal with a long recovery. It may not be right for you if you have a health issue, like:

If you smoke, not enough bone may be able to form for the joint to fully fuse, and you may end up needing a second surgery.

  • Poor bone quality
  • An infection
  • Narrowed arteries
  • A nervous system (neurological) problem that may keep you from healing

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 March 25, 2017

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 March 25, 2017

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