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What happens during triple fusion?

Triple fusion is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 2 hours. Your surgeon will make 2 incisions (cuts) - one on the outside and one on the inside of your foot. They will remove and clean the surfaces of the three joints. Using screws or staples they will compress the joints in the correct position to encourage fusion (joining together). Any deformity may be corrected using a bone graft. You wounds will be closed using stitches or staples and a plaster cast will be applied.

The day after your surgery a physiotherapist will visit you to help you out of bed and begin to move around on your own.

Most patients leave hospital from 1-2 days after surgery. You will need to use crutches and may not be allowed to put any weight on your operated foot when walking. You will not be able to drive until released to do so by your surgeon. Please arrange for someone to take you home on the day of discharge.

Going home after triple fusion

You will need to rest and elevate your foot for the first 2 weeks. You may need to take blood thinning medication to prevent blood clots (deep vein thrombosis).

You will need to return to us for a follow-up appointment after 10 - 14 days. We will check your wounds, remove and stitches or staples and change your plaster cast. We will advise you when you can begin to bear weight on your foot.

More follow-up visits will be needed for x-rays to confirm fusion has taken place. At 6 weeks you may be given a removable boot to replace your cast.

You will not be able to drive until you are no longer wearing a cast or boot. Patients operated on their left foot may be able to drive an automatic after a few weeks. Check with your insurance on your coverage after surgery.

You may need to continue wearing a boot for up to 12 weeks. Continue using crutches until you are advised by your surgeon.

The flexibility in your foot when walking on uneven surfaces will be limited following triple fusion. There will also be reduced mobility in the up and down movement of your foot. Your surgeon may prescribe physiotherapy once you are out of your boot.

It can take 9 - 12 months to build strength and return to normal activities. Some aching or discomfort is expected for several months.

Most people make a full recovery from triple fusion. As with any procedure there may be complications:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)
Specific complications of triple fusion may include:
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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