Ankle replacement, also known as total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace the damaged or worn-out ankle joint with an artificial joint. The procedure is typically performed to relieve severe ankle pain and improve the mobility and function of the ankle joint.
Ankle replacement surgery involves removing the damaged bone and cartilage from the ankle joint and replacing it with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic components. The artificial joint mimics the movement of a healthy ankle joint, allowing for improved range of motion and stability.
Ankle replacement is generally considered a viable option for people who have severe ankle arthritis or ankle joint damage that has not responded to conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and bracing. It may also be an option for people who have ankle deformities, ankle fractures, or other conditions that affect the ankle joint.
Ankle replacement, also known as total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged ankle joint is replaced with an artificial joint. The procedure is usually recommended for patients with severe ankle arthritis or other degenerative conditions that cause chronic pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Ankle replacement surgery aims to relieve pain, restore joint function, and improve overall quality of life.
During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the damaged bone and cartilage from the ankle joint and replace it with a prosthetic joint made of metal and plastic. The artificial joint is designed to mimic the natural movement of the ankle joint, allowing for improved range of motion and better mobility.
Ankle replacement surgery is a complex procedure that requires a highly skilled surgeon and careful planning. It is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete. After the surgery, patients will need to follow a strict rehabilitation program to ensure proper healing and to regain strength and mobility in the ankle joint.