With new developments in ankle replacement surgery, replacing the ankle versus fusion is a new reality offering the potential for a near-normal gait. Ankle replacement is intended to restore mobility by reducing pain, restoring alignment, and replacing the flexion and extension movement in the ankle joint. Get in touch with our ankle replacement orthopaedic surgeons to see if it’s right for you.
What is Total Ankle Replacement?
This surgical procedure is performed to remove portions of the ankle joint that are diseased or severely injured. Then your orthopaedic surgeon will implant a device or mechanical parts that will help manage pain and restore mobility to the ankle.
During surgery, an incision is made on the front portion of the ankle and precise bone cuts are made in the tibia and talus to remove arthritic bone and cartilage. The bone that is removed is replaced with metal components shaped similar to the bone they are replacing. A plastic spacer is inserted between the metal components, alloWing the ankle to move in a smooth motion.