Total Ankle Arthroplasty
About Total Ankle Arthroplasty
Advances in implant design have made total ankle replacement, also called ankle arthroplasty, a viable option for many people. Ankle replacement relieves the pain of arthritis and offers patients more mobility and movement than fusion, which was previously the traditional treatment. In addition, being able to move the formerly arthritic joint means that less stress is transferred to the adjacent joints. This lessens the chance of developing adjacent joint arthritis. During total ankle replacement, the damaged cartilage and bone is removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint made of metal or plastic to restore the function of the joint. Full recovery can take from four to nine months, depending on the severity of the condition before surgery and the complexity of the procedure.