Ankle replacement is a surgery generally utilized to treat arthritis in the ankle if it becomes deformed or suffers a loss in cartilage. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, have the knowledge and experience to perform this surgery on your ankle. Come visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Please also visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and many other foot and ankle conditions so that you can exercise proper care before a minor issue becomes a source of severe pain.
Ankle replacement surgery is required when complications from arthritis or serious injuries like a broken ankle result in a loss of cartilage and pain in the ankle region. However, if a patient suffers from a severe deformity, has lowered muscle function or low blood flow in their foot and ankle region, then they would not likely be a good candidate for this surgery. During this procedure, the ankle bone is cut, allowing for metal and plastic apparatuses to be placed in such a manner so as to recreate the ankle joint mechanism. Muscles or tendons are lengthened to help with the ankle’s movement. Complications from this procedure are possible, although not routine, and can include nerve damage, blood clots or infection. Furthermore, healing from this type of surgery may be problematic for patients who smoke, have diabetes or have rheumatoid arthritis since these conditions can complicate the amount of blood flow to the surgical site.
A recovery period will be needed post-surgery including no weight-bearing on the ankle that underwent surgery to allow for the metal and plastic implants to be set in place. Treatment can include anti-inflammatories to prevent swelling, therapy to strengthen the ankle muscles, pain medications and supporting devices such as braces. Since this is an important surgical procedure, please contact our offices now so that your ankle is in good hands!