Ankle Replacement Surgery can be a novel and wise choice when facing unrelenting ankle destabilization. This surgical procedure is designed to substitute the ankle joint with a synthetic joint and is generally chosen to combat the arthritic pain of the ankle. The technology behind this innovative procedure has developed to allow greater access to it and provides a great option for those seeking to alleviate their ankle pain.
In regards to the structure of the ankle, ligaments embrace the bones of the ankle that are covered with cartilage. When this cartilage is worn away from arthritis, the pain will occur that can become severe with age since the bones will start to rub against each other and cause inflammation. This procedure helps to restore ankle health and allow for normal motion. Ankle fusion has been a usual procedure to combat arthritic pain; however, it prevents the ankle joint from moving. There is also partial ankle replacement surgery which substitutes injured parts of the ankle in an effort to retain some of the original joints. In fact, check out this YouTube link to see how one of our patients benefited immensely from this procedure.
The mechanism for this procedure includes:
- Injured portions of the ankle joint (or the whole joint) will be removed and metal parts will be placed into the tibia and the ankle bone.
- Subsequent to this procedure, the recovering ankle should not bear weight until the pain starts to subside.
- Support devices such as crutches should be used for up to a month to ensure proper healing.
This procedure can benefit those who cannot manage their ankle pain with conservative treatment. Please contact us today at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will help to give your ankles the revitalization they need. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and take a moment to look at our Patient Education section for further information.