If you have severe ankle deterioration, which can occur with arthritis, an ankle replacement may be just the solution you need to resolve pain and restore your range of motion. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco, Texas, you can meet with leading orthopedic surgeons Charles Cook, MD, and John Noack, MD, who can evaluate you to determine if a partial or total ankle replacement is right for you. To get started on your pain-relieving procedure, book an ankle exam by calling any office location directly.
Ankle replacement surgery is generally reserved for situations where you have severe joint deterioration because of arthritis. This highly effective procedure can:
An ankle replacement is usually preferred over an ankle fusion (when possible). While both procedures result in pain reduction, with an ankle replacement you can restore your ankle range of motion. No need to worry about joint stiffness with an ankle replacement.
The Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration is home to highly skilled orthopedic surgeons who specialize in both partial and total ankle replacement procedures.
You may need a partial ankle replacement if you still have some normal ankle function and only moderate deterioration. This procedure involves preserving more of your natural joint components and generally replacing only one surface within the joint. Your orthopedic surgeon can also replace joint-protecting discs with new plastic spacers for enhanced joint function.
A total ankle replacement surgery may be necessary if you have more severe arthritic deterioration and little to no ankle function. With a total ankle replacement, your orthopedist removes all damaged portions of your shin bone and talus.
Your orthopedist places metal rods in your leg bones and attaches new metal joint surfaces to replace all parts they had to remove. They also insert medical-grade plastic discs between the new joint surfaces and make any other necessary repairs before closing up the incision.
It’s important to avoid bearing weight on your ankle after a partial or total ankle replacement procedure. A short hospital stay may be necessary. Your dedicated orthopedic surgeon at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration is likely going to keep you in a splint while requiring you to use crutches for at least several weeks.
In many cases, you can start bearing about 50% of your body weight on the treated ankle in about four weeks. It may take 8-12 weeks for you to be able to put all of your weight on your ankle (sometimes longer). But your dedicated orthopedist at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration has you undergo regular physical therapy to help you heal quickly and to restore your full range of motion.
If you need an ankle replacement or would like a second opinion, call any Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration location to book an exam today.