Total Ankle Arthroplasty | MedStar Health

Total ankle replacement surgery

MedStar Health is one of the most advanced orthopedic facilities in the region, equipped to perform total ankle arthroplasty, among various other ankle procedures. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery, caring for people suffering from the full range of foot and ankle disorders.

What is total ankle arthroplasty?

Total ankle arthroplasty is a treatment option for patients who are suffering from extreme ankle arthritis pain and lack of mobility that does not respond to conservative treatment options, and can be an alternative to ankle fusion for some patients. During the surgery, your damaged ankle joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint.

During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the ankle joint and replace it with an artificial joint, allowing the ankle to regain its range of motion. After the surgery is complete, our team works together with multidisciplinary specialists to manage your condition. We supplement this team approach with rehabilitation and pain management services to support your treatment.

Why is total ankle arthroplasty performed?

The majority of ankle arthritis develops as the result of past ankle injuries. Ankle arthroplasty may be recommended if you have any of the following symptoms of severe ankle arthritis:

  • Pain in the joint
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion in the ankle
  • Inability to walk

What does total ankle arthroplasty recovery involve?

Following your surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for one night. There, you will keep your foot elevated above your heart, and you will have a cast or splint to keep it from moving. As you heal, we will encourage you to begin to bear weight on the foot. You will also need to do physical therapy to regain strength in your foot and ankle.

After your procedure, your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will review the specific details of your recovery with you.

What are the benefits of undergoing total ankle arthroplasty?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Health for your total ankle replacement surgery include:

  • Ankle pain relief
  • Ability to bear weight on the ankle
  • Corrected fractures and misaligned bones
  • Ability to return to normal activities without pain
  • Improved balance and ankle strength