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.
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
- Ankle Fracture
- Ankle weakness, stiffness, or instability
- Loosening of pre-existing artificial joint
- Nerve damage
- Blood vessel damage
- Physical Therapy
- Custom Orthotics
- Pain Management
- Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs
- TNF-alpha inhibitors
- Total Joint Replacement