Triple Arthrodesis Surgery Performed in Louisville, KY
Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is led by a team of renowned, board-certified orthopedic physicians who excel in various aspects of musculoskeletal health. One such member of our team is George Edward Quill, M.D. Dr. Quill is among the first fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons to subspecialize in foot and ankle disorders in the Louisville, Kentucky, area. Patients who require triple arthrodesis or another foot procedure can be assured that their orthopedic health is in excellent hands with Dr. Quill.
What Is Triple Arthrodesis?
Triple arthrodesis is a surgical procedure that fuses together three important joints located in the back of the foot (hindfoot). These joints include the:
- Talonavicular joint, formed by the bottom portion of the ankle joint and the navicular bone directly in front of it
- Subtalar joint, composed of the talus bone beneath the ankle and the heel bone (calcaneus)
- Calcaneocuboid joint, made up of the heel bone and cuboid bone toward the outside of the foot
During triple arthrodesis, a surgeon removes worn cartilage and addresses damage on joint surfaces, including filling in defects with bone grafts. Once the joint surfaces are prepared for fusion, hardware is strategically positioned to “lock” the bones together and enhance stability within the foot.
When Is Triple Arthrodesis Necessary?
The goal of triple arthrodesis surgery is to relieve severe foot pain caused by problems like arthritis, flatfoot, joint instability from neuromuscular conditions, and multiple other foot deformities that may be present at birth or develop over time. When successful, this procedure can significantly reduce pain, enhance mobility, and improve quality of life.
It’s important to note that triple arthrodesis is rarely a patient’s first course of treatment. Most physicians recommend that patients explore all nonsurgical options, such as bracing and orthotics, physical therapy, medication, and behavior modifications, before considering surgery. If foot pain and dysfunction persist, triple arthrodesis or another surgical approach may then be considered.
Our Approach to Foot Surgery
Dr. Quill and the experts at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic provide a full spectrum of specialized care to patients with all types of foot and ankle disorders. Patients who are candidates for triple arthrodesis receive personalized service and education to help them make informed decisions regarding their orthopedic health. Dr. Quill also collaborates with experienced physical therapists on our team to help patients regain strength and mobility following surgery and achieve the best possible outcomes.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are interested in learning more about triple arthrodesis and whether this surgery is a viable option for you, contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic today. Our friendly professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule you an appointment with Dr. Quill or another specialist on our team. You may also reserve a telehealth appointment with us, during which you can consult with our professionals in the comfort of your home via a smartphone, tablet, or webcam-enabled computer. We look forward to speaking with you!