When chronic ankle pain from arthritis or a bone deformity interferes with your life, you may want to consider the benefits of ankle replacement surgery. At Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio, the highly trained physicians offer effective ankle replacement procedures that can improve joint functionality and alleviate pain. Learn how an ankle replacement procedure can improve your life by calling the Mentor, Chardon, Westlake, Lakewood and Garfield Heights, Ohio, offices or by using the online booking feature.
Ankle Replacement Q & A
Why do I need an ankle replacement?
There are a number of conditions that can result in the need for an ankle replacement. Your physician may recommend replacement surgery if nonsurgical therapies haven’t proved effective in reducing pain or increasing mobility in your ankle due arthritis, pilon fractures, deformities or other conditions.
What happens during an ankle replacement?
Your surgeon at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio performs ankle replacement surgery under general anesthesia. Depending on the type of implant they use, they either make the incision in the front or the side of your ankle.
The replacement ankle joint will be made of metal or plastic, and it will function like your natural joint. Your surgeon will ensure proper alignment of your foot and ankle before closing the incision with stitches. You’ll need to wear a cast or a boot during your recovery, and you’ll need to keep your weight off of your ankle and foot as much as possible until the bones heal.
What happens after an ankle replacement surgery?
Recovery from ankle replacement surgery depends on several factors, including your overall health. You can expect to stay in the hospital for a day or two to recover from surgery before going home to heal.
You should elevate your ankle for several days after surgery to prevent swelling and to speed up the healing process. You’ll generally need to keep your cast on for 12 weeks or longer, depending on your overall health and ability to heal. Once you’re cast is off, your doctor will remove the stitches, and you’ll start gentle physical exercises to rebuild strength in your ankle.
Who makes the ankle replacement joints?
The surgical team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio rely on the quality and durability of ankle replacement systems from companies, such as Wright Medical, Zimmer Biomet and Integra. Available ankle replacement options include:
- Trabecular Metal™
Prior to your surgery, your doctor will discuss your options for ankle replacement devices and materials as well as what kind of results you can expect.
To learn more about the benefits of an ankle replacement surgery, schedule an appointment with Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio online or over the phone.