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Patient Case History: Richard

Ankle Arthrodesis (Fusion)

Pre-Op

Patient Surgeon: S. Robert Rozbruch
Richard is a 43 year old who sustained an ankle fracture after a bad fall. This was repaired by other doctors, and subsequently the hardware failed and he developed a bone infection. This resulted in complete destruction of his ankle joint. 

Richard, Pre-op thumbnail of an x-ray, Limb Lengthening, ankle fracture, hardware fail, bone infection, ankle injury
Richard, Pre-op thumbnail of an x-ray, Limb Lengthening, ankle fracture, hardware fail, bone infection, ankle injury

Post-Op

He needed an ankle fusion and treatment of the bone infection (osteomyelitis). We performed this using the Ilizarov method. At one month he was walking.

Richard, Post-op thumbnail Image, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, bone infection treatment, osteomyelitis, ilizarov method

Follow-Up

At 2 months, he was very active and the bony healing was progressing well.

Richard, Follow up thumbnail image, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, ilizarov method
Richard, Follow up thumbnail of an x-ray, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, ilizarov method

Follow-Up

At 3 months, he was out of the frame and very active. The ankle fusion was healed and the infection was cleared. Despite the ankle fusion, he has good mobility of his foot and he is without pain.

Richard, Follow up thumbnail image, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, mobility, pain relief
Richard, Follow up thumbnail image, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, mobility, pain relief
Richard, Follow up thumbnail of an x-ray, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, mobility, pain relief
Richard, Follow up thumbnail of an x-ray, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, mobility, pain relief
Richard, Follow up thumbnail image, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, mobility, pain relief
Richard, Follow up thumbnail image, Limb Lengthening, ankle fusion, ankle arthrodesis, mobility, pain relief


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