Total Ankle Replacement

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Ankle pain can have a major impact on your quality of life. Every step you take can feel unbearable. If non-surgical treatments have not provided adequate pain relief, there is another treatment option called a total ankle replacement that can help.

Over the years, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at OrthoNeuro have performed numerous ankle replacements. 

Coupled with their expertise, our surgeons use the latest advancements in surgical techniques to ensure that you are in good hands. Schedule an appointment with our foot and ankle specialists in Columbus, OH today!

What Is Total Ankle Replacement Surgery?

Total ankle replacement surgery (also known as total ankle arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure used to remove the arthritic portions of your ankle and replace them with metal and plastic components.

These components (plastic or metal prosthetic pieces) mimic the function of a natural and healthy ankle joint, increasing your mobility and reducing pain.

Your surgeon may recommend ankle replacement to treat severe conditions that have not responded to nonsurgical treatment.

These conditions include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis

What Does Ankle Arthroplasty Treat?

Ankle arthroplasty is usually used to treat ankle arthritis. Ankle arthritis can happen as you age from general wear and tear. It may also develop after repeated ankle injuries, fractures, or certain medical conditions.

Would I Be Eligible for an Ankle Replacement?

You may be eligible for an ankle replacement if your ankle joint pain interferes with your normal daily activities. 

If your pain cannot be controlled by bracing or over-the-counter medication, your specialist may recommend this form of surgical treatment to relieve pain.

Although you may have ankle arthritis, you may not be eligible for an ankle replacement if you have the following:

  • Ankles that are severely deformed or unstable
  • Bone infections
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Circulatory problems

If you are not eligible, there are other types of ankle surgery, including ankle fusion or ankle arthroscopy.

How Is a Total Ankle Replacement Performed?

At OrthoNeuro, your total ankle replacement can be performed either as an outpatient or an inpatient procedure. Our surgeons offer both options to ensure that you receive the best treatment for your individual needs.

You can expect the following steps to be carried out during your procedure:

  1. First, an incision will be made on the front or side of your ankle.
  2. Then, your arthritic bone and cartilage will be carefully removed.
  3. Next, perfectly sized metal and plastic implants will be inserted into your bones.
  4. After carefully closing the incision, your ankle will be immobilized in a comfortable splint.
  5. Finally, your ankle will be elevated after your procedure to decrease your swelling and pain.

Physical therapy may begin in the days after surgery to restore strength and mobility.

Benefits of Ankle Arthroplasty

There are many benefits of receiving a total ankle replacement, including:

  • Regaining ankle strength and stability
  • Preserving your range of motion
  • The replacement parts move together and function like your natural joint
  • Increased flexibility can allow you to walk normally and return to a more active lifestyle

Risks of Having a Total Ankle Replacement

While rare, ankle surgery can have some possible risks, including:

  • Infection
  • Blot clots
  • Problems healing the incision or the ankle implant healing to your bone
  • Loosening of the replacement parts (this would require a procedure to repair)
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Wearing down of replacement parts over time

Recovery After Ankle Arthroplasty

If you have ankle arthroplasty, you can expect your recovery to take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. It is common for most people to use crutches or a walker while wearing a splint or cast.

Once your procedure is complete, your specialist may recommend physical therapy to help you regain mobility in your ankle joint.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you feel that a total ankle replacement may be the solution that you have been searching for, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified foot and ankle specialists.

We have many convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of scheduling their appointment.

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