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Ankle Replacement

Why is it done?

For severe pain in the ankle usually secondary to osteo-arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. 


An x-ray of the ankle confirms the degree of degenerative arthritis within the ankle. 
Very occasionally an additional CT scan of the ankle may be required for additional pre-operative information. 

Operative treatment

Surgery is performed as an inpatient (5-7 days) under general anaesthesia or under spinal anaesthesia. An incision is made down the front of the ankle, the ankle joint is then removed and replaced with a metal and plastic joint. After surgery the skin is sutured and a bulky dressing is applied. Patients are then placed into a post operative plaster or boot. Patients are allowed to weight bear as tolerated after surgery with the protection of crutches.





Tim Clough is an Orthopaedic consultant specialising exclusively in the surgery of the Foot, Ankle      Content copyright © 2016 Tim Clough                  web design copyright by it@ph