Failed Hindfoot Fusion

We offer trusted care to relieve ankle pain from failed hindfoot fusion surgery.

Failed Hindfoot Fusion

We offer trusted care to relieve ankle pain from failed hindfoot fusion surgery.

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Advanced Expertise in Failed Hindfoot Fusion Revision Surgery

Hindfoot fusion, also called ankle fusion surgery, fuses the ankle bones together. It’s used to treat severe arthritis, foot deformities and other ankle joint problems that can’t be treated in other ways. Failed hindfoot fusion happens when the ankle bones don’t grow together as they should after surgery, causing ongoing pain and making it difficult to walk. 

Our orthopedic specialists have advanced expertise in complex joint preservation and replacement procedures, including failed hindfoot fusion revision surgery. We provide personalized treatment to relieve ankle pain and get you back on your feet again. 

What Causes Failed Hindfoot Fusion? 

A failed ankle fusion surgery can happen when the bones don’t heal and grow together properly (nonunion) or the bones are misaligned (malunion). An infection after surgery can also cause a failed hindfoot fusion. 

Ankle fusion surgery can also worsen arthritis in your foot and joints because the change to your ankle joint puts more stress on other areas of your foot, causing pain and limiting foot movement. 

Failed Hindfoot Fusion Symptoms We Treat

It’s normal to have some pain during the first two weeks after ankle fusion surgery. But these symptoms could signal a problem: 

  • Continued pain after ankle surgery 
  • Nausea, vomiting and chills 
  • New tingling or numbness that wasn’t there before surgery 
  • Redness, warmth, drainage or swelling around your ankle 

If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor right away. 

Ankle Fusion Failure Treatments We Offer 

Our surgeons use a variety of approaches to repair hindfoot fusion failure, including bone grafts. Grafts use bone from another part of your body (or a donor). They can improve bone healing and help the ankle bones grow together. Surgeons may use screws, plates and other devices to increase bone stability and structure. They can also realign ankle bones to correct malunions.  

We specialize in complex corrective surgeries, like failed hindfoot fusion. We discuss all your options and develop a personalized treatment plan that gives you the best possible results. We help you return to activities you stopped because of ankle pain. 

Why Choose Us for Ankle Fusion Surgery

You receive care from fellowship-trained, nationally recognized surgeons, who are experts in their field.

Keck Medicine of USC is a trusted provider for specialty care, including the most complex needs.

Our orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and pain management experts specialize in advanced surgical techniques and less-invasive joint preservation treatments.

USC Orthopaedic Surgery is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield for specialty orthopedic care — quality you trust.

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