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Brett Michael Andres, MD
(402) 294-6606
2501 Capehart Rd
Offutt A F B, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1998

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Jon Robert Shereck, MD
(402) 294-6606
2501 Capehart Rd 55 MDOS/SGOSO
Offutt A F B, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1995

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Charles Eugene Giangarra, MD
(402) 280-4342
3802 Raynor Pkwy
Bellevue, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1981

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Douglas Patrick Mc Innis, MD
(208) 667-7459
8536 Harrison St
La Vista, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1997

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Kathleen M Hubley, MD
(402) 559-2258
2826 S 34th St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 2001

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Wayne A Labart, DDS
(402) 292-4141
1411 J F Kennedy Dr
Bellevue, NE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jon Robert Shereck
(402) 294-6606
2501 Capehart Rd
Offutt A F B, NE
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph J Hurd, DDS
(402) 339-0506
8900 S 84th St
Papillion, NE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Brian Conroy
(402) 827-9400
1413 S Washington St # 200
Papillion, NE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Alfred Thomas Longo, DDS
(402) 496-9733
1826 N 144th St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Ankle Fusion

A Patient's Guide to Ankle Fusion

Introduction

An ankle fusion is a surgical procedure that is usually done when an ankle joint becomes worn out and painful, a condition called degenerative arthritis. Ankle fusion is sometimes called ankle arthrodesis.

Probably the most common cause of degenerative arthritis of the ankle is an ankle fracture. Many years after a serious fracture, the joint may wear out and become painful. Just as an out-of-balance piece of machinery wears out faster, a joint that is out of balance after it heals from a fracture can wear out faster than normal. This process may take many years. Other types of arthritis can lead to a painful ankle joint as well. For example, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the ankle, leading to a painful joint.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Ankle

This guide will help you understand

  • why an ankle fusion becomes necessary
  • what happens during surgery
  • what to expect during your recovery

Anatomy

How does the ankle joint work?

The ankle joint is made up of three bones: the lower end of the tibia (shinbone), the fibula (the small bone of the lower leg), and the talus (the bone that fits into the socket formed by the tibia and fibula). The talus sits on top of the calcaneus (the heelbone).

The talus moves mainly in one direction. It works like a hinge to allow your foot to move up and down.

Ligaments on both sides of the ankle joint help hold the bones together. Many tendons cross the ankle to move the ankle and the toes. (Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect muscle to bone.)

The large Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle is the most powerful tendon in the foot. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and gives the foot the power for walking, running, and jumping.

Inside the joint, the bones are covered with a slick material called articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that allows the bones to move smoothly against one another in the joints of the body.

The cartilage lining is about one-quarter of an inch thick in most joints that carry body weight, such as the ankle, hip, or knee. It is soft enough to allow for shock absorption but tough enough to last a lifetime, as long as it is not injured.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Ankle Anatomy

Rationale

What does the surgeon hope to accomplish?

An ankle fusion actually removes the surfaces of the ankle joint and allows the tibia to grow together, or fuse, with the talus. There are operations for many joints in the body that surgically fuse the joint to control pain. Before the development of artificial joints this was the primary operation available to treat an extremely painful joint. In some cases, fusion is still the best choice.

For the ankle, a fusion is a very good operation for treating a worn-out joint. This is especially true if the patient is young and very active. An ankle fu...

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