Triple arthrodesis

AORN J. 1996 Jul;64(1):31-52; quiz 54-61. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)63369-3.


Triple arthrodesis is the surgical fusion of the calcaneocuboid, talonavicular, and talocalcaneal joints of the foot. This is a palliative surgical procedure used to treat many painful hindfoot disorders (eg, clubfoot deformity, arthritis, Charcot's joint disease). Patient benefits include pain relief and improvement in foot function. Several anesthesia options are available for intraoperative and postoperative pain management. Perioperative nurses should be knowledgeable about foot anatomy, the sequence of surgical events, and possible postoperative complications from triple arthrodesis. A systems approach to patient care throughout the perioperative phase can ensure optimal patient outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / nursing
  • Anesthesia / nursing
  • Arthrodesis / methods
  • Arthrodesis / nursing*
  • Foot / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Perioperative Nursing*
  • Subtalar Joint / surgery*