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Why Choose Marina Del Rey Hospital for Ankle Replacement Surgery?

Here, at Marina Del Rey Hospital, our highly regarded orthopedic surgeons are prepared to give you a safe surgical procedure that will help you feel brand new.

Due to injuries, diseases or even old age, people might develop arthritis, a painful joint inflammation. Because of this, moving the ankle and walking can become extremely painful. If everyday life is impaired because of this illness, it is recommended that the patient should get ankle replacement surgery.

The ankle is the joint that connects the leg bones, the tibia, and fibula, to the foot. Between them, the ankle bone, also known as talus, is found. The ends of the bone are covered with cartilage, which helps the ankle move smoothly up and down. Due to old age, disease or injury, the cartilage can wear off and this leads to a disease called arthritis, which can make moving the joint very painful.

Ankle replacement surgery is the procedure in which the ends of the tibia and the talus will be cut and replaced with a prosthesis to help the joint move better, without pain.

The patient will be put under general anesthesia so he doesn’t feel any pain or discomfort. The surgeon will make an incision in the front of the ankle and cut the muscles to reach the ankle joint. Then, he will carefully cut the ends of the tibia and the talus to remove the diseased parts of the bones. The doctor will hollow the two bones so he can fit the prosthesis into the ankle. It is made of a mix of metal and plastic and its role is to replace the ankle. Once it is perfectly fitted, the surgeon will close the incision with stitches.

Ankle replacement surgery has the following benefits:

  • The patient will not feel constant pain in the ankle anymore
  • The patient will be able to walk and run normally
  • Day-to-day life comfort will be greater
  • The patient will regain full mobility in his ankle

Since this is an open surgery and bones have to be cut, the recovery period can be a long one. After the procedure is done, the patient will have to stay 2 to 3 days into the hospital to learn to walk with crutches or walkers and to be monitored. If after this period he can leave, he will wear a splint. The patient will be prescribed painkillers. Two weeks after the surgery, the stitches will be removed. After 6 weeks, if his progress is fine, the patient can begin to walk without crutches and return to work. He will have to do physical therapy for a few months. It can take up to a year, or even more in some cases, for the patient to do his former activities the way he used to. With this said, when he will be able to walk and run, he will feel the difference between arthritis and disease-free.

This is not an easy surgery, so there are some risks attached to it. The wounds can get infected and bleed severely. When being hollowed, the bone can actually fracture. In some cases, the bone doesn’t heal properly with the ankle replacement. During the incision, there could be some nerve or blood vessel damage.

Even though it is an open surgical procedure, you do not need to be afraid of it. Here, at Marina Del Rey Hospital we have extensive experience with these types of surgeries and surgeons are more than experienced. Call 888.600.5600 to make an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ankle Replacement Surgery

There are several stages of recovery after this procedure. The patient's mobility will be fairly limited for about six weeks after the procedure as they will be wearing a splint or a boot and generally won't move without assistance.

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You will be closely monitored during your recovery, Your medical team will tell you more about what you can expect after your surgery.

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The ankle replacement is a highly beneficial procedure with a low chance of complications.

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You might have to stop taking blood-thinning medication ahead of time. Your medical team will let you know about this and any other precaution you should take.

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Patients generally have the option of arthrodesis or ankle replacement.

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