Arthrodesis of Foot and Ankle—Open Surgery
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Arthrodesis of Foot and Ankle—Open Surgery Side Effects and Warnings

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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have arthrodesis, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Failure of the joint to fuse
  • Poor alignment of the joint, causing pain and/or an altered gait
  • Need for repeat surgery
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Infection
  • Some chronic diseases

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Bleeding or discharge from your incision(s). This may show up as staining of your cast.
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Increasing or severe pain that is not relieved by your pain medicine
  • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness, tingling, or discoloration in the foot

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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