Total Ankle Replacement
What is a Total Ankle Replacement?
Total Ankle Replacement, also known as Total Ankle Arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove the arthritic portions of the ankle ligament and replace them with metal and plastic components. These components mimic the function of a healthy ankle joint and allow for increased mobility and reduced pain. An Ankle Replacement may be recommended to treat severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
The Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons at OSS Health have performed thousands of Ankle Replacements and are experts of this procedure using the latest advancements in surgical techniques for Total Ankle Replacement.
How is a Total Ankle Replacement Performed at OSS Health?
At OSS Health, a Total Ankle Replacement can be performed either as an outpatient or an inpatient procedure based on what you and your OSS Health surgeon feel is best for you.
During the procedure the following steps are performed:
- Incision. An incision is made on the front or side of the ankle.
- Bone preparation. Arthritic bone and cartilage are carefully removed.
- Implant placement. Perfectly sized metal and plastic implants are cemented to bones.
The incision is carefully closed and the ankle is immobilized in a comfortable splint. The ankle is elevated after surgery to decrease swelling and pain. Physical Therapy may begin in the days after surgery to restore strength and mobility.