Ankle Fusion Surgery Cost in Hungary

Also known as ankle arthrodesis, the surgery involves fusing of the tibiotalar bones or the ankle bones. More than 2000 to 3000 candidates are known to undergo ankle fusion surgery every year worldwide. The surgical procedure has been widely accepted as one of the most beneficial as well as long-term cure for ankle arthritis, and has therefore been capable of restoring mobility to innumerable people across the world. The extent of surgical procedure required depends on the condition of the candidate. Although modern incisional techniques have been introduced, yet many candidates require an extensive open surgical procedure in complex cases. Thus, the type of procedure required directly affects the ankle fusion surgery cost worldwide.

What is Ankle Fusion Surgery?

The ankle comprises of the shinbone or the tibia and the fibula from the lower part of the leg that fuses with the talus, which in turn rests on the heel bone. Fusion surgeries are mostly done in extreme cases of arthritis that affects and damages the ankle joint. Ankle arthritis may result in wearing out, of two or more bones in the joint, inflammation, redness, and pain leading to partial or complete immobility in the region. In most cases the condition affects the articular cartilage as well. Apart from that, ankle fusion surgeries may also be performed in case of ankle injury. 

 Ideal Candidate for Ankle Fusion Surgery

Conventional treatments are always primarily suggested for pain in case of ankle pain or injury. Besides, physical therapy and other conventional therapies are also implemented before deciding on surgical procedures. Hence, one can be a candidate for ankle fusion surgery, if the individual:

  • Has incurred severe injury causing bone fracture, or tear of articular cartilage.
  • Has chronic ankle arthritis.
  • Is unresponsive towards preliminary treatments.
  • Severe continuous pain causing restricted daily activities or immobility.

Factors Affecting the cost of Ankle Fusion Surgery

Injury in ankle or arthritis may affect people of any age, mostly in case of athletes. However, in cases that require surgery, the ankle arthrodesis cost may vary depending on a number of factors, which are:

  • The age of the candidate 
  • The reason and requirement of the surgical procedure
  • Extent of procedure required
  • Country where the procedure is being performed
  • Healthcare facilities availed by the candidate.
Treatment and Cost

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About the Ankle Fusion Surgery

What is Ankle Fusion Surgery

Ankle fusion operation, also known as ankle arthrodesis, is a surgical procedure conducted to close the joint space by joining the bones that make up the ankle joint.

Your ankle joint is an articulation of three bones. These three bones are known as the tibia, fibula, and the talus. During ankle fusion operation, the cartilage covering the bony surface of the ankle joint is scraped off. The diseased part of the bones is also trimmed.

Next, the newly exposed bony surface of the tibia and the talus are placed in close contact. Additionally, they are compressed using screws. New bone formation takes place in and around the joint resulting infusion of the bones into a single bone.

Candidates for Ankle Fusion Surgery

Ankle fusion operation is recommended for patients experiencing unbearable pain during the ankle movement. The pain may result because of the following reasons:

  • Joint wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Infection in or around the joint
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Failure of previous non-surgical treatment

Not all patients with the aforementioned conditions are always suitable for ankle fusion. Patients with the following characteristics are not suggested to undergo this surgery:

  • Insufficient quantity and quality of bone
  • Severe deformity in the leg
  • Vascular diseases that prevent proper healing

How is Ankle Fusion Surgery performed?

During the surgery, you are given either local anaesthesia or sedation to numb the entire ankle area. The doctor makes a small cut on the lateral side of the ankle through the skin so that the joint can be seen clearly. If more visibility is needed, the doctor makes an extra cut in the front of the ankle.

The doctor then uses a saw to remove the articular cartilage on the surface of the joint bones. The diseased bone is removed, exposing the healthy part of the bone. The healthy bone surfaces are compressed using large screws. The bones join naturally through deposition of bone material as is the case with natural fracture healing.

Sometimes, a doctor may place an artificial bone graft or a bone grafted from your fibula to ensure fast healing of the bony surfaces. Before placing the screws, the doctor carefully positions the ankle to ensure maximum movement possible. The ankle is placed at 90 degrees to the lower leg and the heel is slightly outwards. Then the skin is brought back in place and sutured together.

Recovery from Ankle Fusion Surgery

Ankle fusion recovery time depends on how seriously you take the following precautions after the surgery:

  • You need to keep the leg raised and give yourself cold compression to avoid swelling.
  • You may sometimes feel tingling sensation early in the morning once you put your leg down. This is because sudden rush of blood towards the ankle when you change the position from an elevated position.
  • You should take pain medicines as directed by your doctor.
  • You should come back to the hospital 10 to 15 days after the surgery to get the stitches removed.
  • You will have to carry the splint for 6 to 12 weeks.
  • Your doctor will put you on a no-weight bearing program for 6 to 12 weeks. This period can be extended if your doctor finds that healing is not fair enough.
  • You will be advised to go ahead with gentle physiotherapy after removal of splints to prevent stiffness in joints.

Alternate treatment options:

Arthroscopic ankle fusion surgery: This procedure is similar to the open ankle fusion surgery. However, the incision is very small and the entire procedure is carried out by inserting an instrument that has a camera attached to one end. It helps the doctor clearly view the interior cartilage and bones. Faster recovery and healing are the two advantages of this approach.

Ankle joint replacement: During this procedure, the entire ankle joint is replaced. The advantage of this technique over ankle fusion is that it retains complete movement of the ankle.

Ankle Fusion Recovery Time

  • The minimum time that it takes to recover from fusion recovery is between 12 to 15 weeks.
  • During the first 6 to 8 weeks, you are not supposed to put any weight on the ankle. If you do anything like that, it may disturb the natural healing of the joint.
  • During 8 to 10 weeks of a recovery period, your doctor will advise you to get an X-ray done. If the healing is good, you will be allowed to conduct the light physical activity with the help of cast boots.
  • During 10 to 12 weeks, you can increase the physical activity, but you will be asked to take help of supportive ankle devices.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Hungary / Why should opt for Hungary as a destination for your medical treatment?
Hungary is well-known for the broad range of treatments implemented for treating one or diverse types of diseases. The healthcare facilities in Hungary focuses on overall care and thus, attends to both physiological and psychological care. To keep at par with the other developed countries in the world, Hungary focuses in upgrading and constantly keeps room for including modern amenities. Therefore, the candidates availing treatments in Hungary are treated thoroughly with modern techniques, assisted by skilled professionals which makes opting Hungary one of the most wise decisions.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Hungary? Are they JCI certified. What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The hospital in Hungary are furnished with cutting edge technology and robotic machineries which are the newest addition to the medical field. From diagnosis to providing necessary treatment, the hospitals are ideally planned to provide all-round care to every individual requiring medical assistance. One of the most important aspect of availing treatments in Hungary is the candidate interaction of the support staffs. Not only the doctors, surgeons, but also the support individuals are extremely well- educated with the modern devices, and are capable of dealing with every kind of situation and thereby has great contribution to the high success rates.
Are the doctors/surgeons in Hungary of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons are well- versed with the modern advancements and are duly trained to operate robotic technology gracing the medical science. They are also professionally trained to embrace future advancements which guarantees completely advanced mode of treatment to the visiting individuals. The treatment thus offered are world-class as specific care is taken to minimize side effects and further risks in fatal conditions.
What is the process for obtaining medical visa in Hungary?
To avail a medical visa before travelling to Hungary, the candidate must thoroughly go through the procedure mentioned on the government website of the country. The procedure should be stepwise followed and the mentioned/ required documents should be kept ready for producing, as and when required. The necessary requirements for the same are:
  • Two passport size photographs of the candidate
  • Valid passport (both original and photocopy) which should not have an expiry date within three months of scheduled visit.
  • Duly filled copy of visa application form
  • Paid receipt for the visa application fee
  • Medical insurance and travel insurance documents which guarantees financial credibility
  • Civil status proof of the candidate
  • Employment status, if any, or clear mentioning of the status of the candidate
  • Accommodation documents, may it be hotels, rental or staying with an acquaintance, should be clearly mentioned.
  • In case the candidate is a minor, consent letter from the guardians or parents need to be provided
  • Medical certificate duly signed by the registered medical practitioner as well as acceptance letter by the doctor referred to
  • Additional documents like birth certificate, residential proofs, etc., may also be required.
What support services does MediGence provide in Hungary?
The support services provided by MediGence ensures seamless medical travelling experience in Hungary. Right from the beginning of the journey to the end, MediGence assists the candidates and the family with utmost care thereby making the stay as comfortable as it can be. Hence, here is a list of services provided for candidate satisfaction:
  • Travel insurance guidance
  • Medical insurance query related support
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free Airport to Hospital Transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodation Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Hungary for medical treatment?
Hungary is thriving and blooming with metropolitan cities which have excelled in terms of hospitals and clinics thereby providing excellent medical facilities. The treatments in Hungary are world-class and have scored high success rates, which is why, a huge number of medical tourists flock to the country to avail treatments for minor to major diseases and anomalies. Hence, here are some of the best cities that house some of the best hospitals in Hungary:
  • Budapest
  • Pecs
  • Szeged
  • Debrecen
  • Miskolc

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