Ankle replacement serves as life-changer for Grayslake man

Posted in What's New, In the News, Libertyville Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Thursday, 09 July 2015

For more than 40 years, Grayslake resident Dan Chesman, 63, struggled with residual pain from a severe ankle injury he suffered in a toboggan accident as a young man.

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, he’s now enjoying a greater quality of life after undergoing a total ankle replacement.

“To anybody who’s considering it, I would say get it done yesterday, if not sooner,” said Chesman, whose surgery was performed in Jan. 2014, by Dr. Anand Vora, an orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, which has locations in Grayslake, Libertyville and Chicago.

The full article written by Angela Sykora was published on 

Tags ankle replacement, ankle replacement surgery, ankle arthroplasty, ankle pain, ankle injury, Dr. Anand Vora, Libertyville

Is Ankle Replacement Surgery Right For You

Posted in Orthopedics on Monday, 30 January 2012

Good Candidates for Ankle Arthroplasty

Ankle replacement surgery is usually a last choice for doctors; however, there are a few types of patients that are good candidates. Typical recipients of ankle replacements have a joint that has been severely damaged by injury, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Patients, who have had a prior ankle surgery, like ankle fusion surgery, are also candidates for ankle arthroplasty. Older patients tend to be the better candidates because they are usually have decreased activity levels. Ankle replacements can wear out; so the less active the patient, the better an ankle replacement will perform.

How The Surgery Is Performed

An ankle replacement surgery involves many steps for the surgeon so most patients are under general anesthetic. Once under anesthesia the surgeon will begin by removing the damaged areas of bone and cartilage. Then, to accommodate the replacement joint, the surgeon will need to reshape the bones that comprise the ankle. These bones make up the bones in the lower leg, the tibia and fibula, and the bone in the top of the foot called the talus. The surgeon then attaches the replacement joint to the ankle. After the joint is replaced the tendons are reattached and the incision is stitched up.

Tags ankle replacement, ankle replacement surgery, ankle arthroscopy, ankle arthroplasty, ankle pain, ankle injury, ankle injuries

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