What is an ankle replacement?
Unlike an ‘ankle fusion’ operation, where bones are merely stabilised using metal plates and screws, ‘ankle replacement’ surgery involves swapping damaged areas of the ankle with an artificial prosthesis. The new artificial fixtures are covered in a bioactive coating that promotes natural bone growth in the joint. Surgical expertise ensures the joint has maximum flexibility through a range of motions so that the new component, the ankle and foot bones are synchronized.
When is an ankle replacement required?
A total ankle replacement may be needed after severe damage from trauma or advanced arthritis which is causing extreme pain and immobility.
The operation takes about 90 minutes and is carried out under general anaesthetic. Patients normally stay in hospital for two days with the ankle immobilised in a cast.
Following the operation the new ankle will not be able to bear any weight so crutches will be needed. Weight will gradually be put on the ankle through a physiotherapy programme spread over six weeks.
The cast is removed after four to six weeks depending on the speed of recovery with a return to normal daily activities after about six months, although full rehabilitation can take a year.
To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team on 0207 806 4044 or [email protected], the team are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Our foot and ankle team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.