Ankle Replacement Surgery
Ankle pain can get in the way of your daily routine. Our busy days require us to constantly be on our feet, putting stress on the bones and ligaments that help support them. If your sore ankle is holding you back, consider an ankle replacement surgery with IBJI specialists so we can get you back to your normal routine.
When is Ankle Replacement Surgery Necessary?
When over-the-counter medications or lifestyle changes can’t help manage severe ankle pain, it’s time to consider surgery. The most common reason for ankle replacement surgery is to cure any arthritic symptoms around the ankle joint.
Ankle arthroplasty (arthroscopic surgery) is a great way to maintain painless motion of the joint. This surgical procedure aims to replace the damaged areas of cartilage, shin, and foot bone within the ankle through a low-friction prosthetic implant. The prosthesis used in total ankle replacements allows for the important vertical movement of the new joint, an added function that is not obtained with other ankle surgery methods. The artificial joint is held in place by screws and will help you regain the range of motion once hindered by arthritis.
Post-surgery, your ankle replacement surgeon will have you wear a brace, boot or splint in order to effectively recover and heal from the procedure. An average recovery takes approximately six-weeks and utilizes a robust physically therapy program to strengthen the ankle. Our IBJI surgeons will recommend the best ankle replacement recovery strategy so you can get back to walking without pain as soon as possible.
Ankle Replacement Surgery Conditions and Treatments
The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute will assess your ankle with care and apply the most accurate diagnosis with your conditions. The following are examples of conditions and treatment techniques that are used to treat the ankle in consideration for surgery.
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Custom Orthotics
- Pain Management
- Medications: Analgesics, Corticosteroids, Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs, TNF-alpha inhibitors, Immunotherapy
- Minimally Invasive Surgery: Arthroscopic Surgery