Total Ankle Replacement in Santa Rosa CA
What is Total Ankle Replacement?
Total ankle replacement is a surgical procedure used to relieve pain and restore movement to damaged ankle joints. Damage to the ankle joint is usually caused by injury or age-related degenerative conditions such as arthritis, which tend to get worse if left untreated. These conditions can leave patients with severe pain, stiffness, limited range of motion and an eventual loss of function of the ankle, seriously affecting a patient’s quality of life.
If you believe you may be a candidate for a total ankle replacement, contact our office in Santa Rosa CA today to schedule a consultation.
When Should Total Ankle Replacement be Considered?
Total ankle replacement is often considered a last resort for treating ankle conditions. Your doctor may first recommend conservative treatment to relieve the symptoms associated with your condition. If these treatments are unsuccessful, ankle surgery may be beneficial.
The ideal patient for this procedure is someone who is over the age of 50 and not very active. While total ankle replacement can improve symptoms of arthritis and other painful conditions, it can also leave patients with a limited range of motion and limited support in their ankle joint after the procedure. Patients with severely deformed or unstable ankles or those whose job requires heavy labor or running should not undergo this procedure.
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Alternatives to Total Ankle Replacement
Other successful options to joint implant procedures include Arthrodesis, Osteotomy, and Arthroplasty (resection and synovectomy), which relieve pain by removing or repairing damaged joint materials.
The Ankle Replacement Procedure
The surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia to help minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure. Your doctor will make an incision in the ankle and remove the damaged joint surfaces before inserting the artificial replacement to the leg and foot. The incision is then closed and the ankle is usually put in a splint or cast to keep it stable.
Recovery From Ankle Replacement Surgery
This procedure usually requires a short hospital stay and physical therapy to help the ankle heal. Compression stockings may be used as well for some time to help prevent swelling and bruising of the ankle.