Ankle Surgeons Santa Fe NM

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George Culver Abrams, DMD
(505) 983-6461
401 E Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William Andrew Schackel, DDS
(505) 983-5000
318 Grant Ave
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Clifford G Vernick, MD FACS
540 E Alameda St
Santa Fe, NM
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts
Graduation Year: 1954

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James Richard Buchanan, MD
(505) 983-2857
51 Cibola Cir
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1968

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Robert Marvin Lipscomb, MD
1630 Hospital Dr
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1976

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Gerald S Greene, MD
(505) 982-4995
250 E Alameda St Apt 337
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jules S Shapiro, MD
(505) 982-2288
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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William K Jones
(505) 983-6226
2801 Rodeo Rd
Santa Fe, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Brant Bair
(505) 982-5014
1630 Hospital Drive
Santa Fe, NM
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Saint Vincents
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.9, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Dr.Samuel Chun
(505) 424-0200
1631 Hospital Dr # 200
Santa Fe, NM
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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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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