Ankle Replacement Surgery
Relieves your ankle pain, restores movement, function
Ankle replacement surgery relieves ankle pain and restores some normal movement and function when persistent ankle arthritis or a badly damaged ankle joint makes daily activities unbearable. You may benefit from ankle replacement surgery even if you have had ankle fusion to eliminate your ankle pain. Duke’s ankle surgeons in Raleigh and Durham perform more ankle replacements than most centers in the U.S. We want you to enjoy lasting relief from your ankle pain, as well as better mobility.
Do you need total ankle replacement surgery?
If you suffer from painful ankle arthritis, and nonsurgical treatments have been ineffective, ankle replacement surgery – also known as ankle arthroplasty -- may be your best option for returning to an active lifestyle. It is a newer option than ankle fusion, relieves pain, but limits your ankle’s range of motion. Your foot and ankle surgeon will evaluate the extent and severity of your ankle arthritis, as well as several others factors – your age, health and activity level -- to determine if you are a candidate.
During the procedure, your worn out ankle joint is replaced with a metal and plastic artificial joint that mimic’s your ankle’s natural movement. This ensures you walk with a more natural gait, and protects your surrounding joints from developing arthritis. As a result, you experience less pain and more range of motion.
The recovery period is typically three to six weeks in a cast followed by physical therapy. While the artificial ankle can wear out and may need to be replaced, research shows 90 percent are still functioning well 10 years after surgery.
Choosing an ankle surgeon for your ankle replacement surgery
Ankle replacement surgery is a complex, relatively new procedure that should be performed by an experienced surgeon who specializes in the procedure.
- Duke’s foot and ankle surgeons routinely perform high volumes of ankle replacement surgeries, as well as revisions from ankle fusion to ankle replacement. Because of our extensive experience, we often recommend total ankle replacements to people who have been told that they are not candidates at other centers.
- Duke has been involved in the testing and evaluation of all the ankle replacements on the market in the U.S. We can pick the most appropriate one for your individual needs. This results in positive patient outcomes.
- Our extensive patient database allows us to assess the performance of replacement joints over time. This means you will only get a device or undergo a surgery that has a solid record of success.
ANKLE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Ankle replacement surgery
Replacement of an ankle joint damaged by arthritis with a prosthesis made of plastic and metal. The benefits include freedom from pain, greater range of movement, and a natural walking gait. This procedure is one of the only alternatives to ankle fusion, which relieves pain, but limits the joint’s up and down movement.
Revision of a previously failed ankle replacement procedure. We frequently treat patients who had previous ankle replacement surgery, but continue to struggle with pain and loss of function.
Duke ankle surgeons can replace an ankle joint that was previously fused. This restores lost movement and function, and gives you greater mobility.
Can help you regain movement and function in the weeks after your cast is removed.