total ankle replacement
This surgery may be a good option for patients who have a seriously injured ankle and are suffering pain because of it. Injury typically comes from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and arthritis caused by earlier surgery. During the procedure, a surgeon will enter the ankle from the front and remove damaged portions. These are replaced by artificial ones made of plastic and metal. These parts typically last a decade. However, their durability depends on the patient’s activity levels. During recovery, patients may wear a brace to stabilize their ankle. After the operation, many people enjoy good range of motion for their ankle and a close-to-normal gait. However, individuals who have this procedure are cautioned not to participate in high-impact activities.