Friday, 7 July 2017

Return to active life with Total Ankle Replacement

    Total Ankle Replacement also known as Total Ankle Arthroscopy is a orthopedic surgical procedure used to treat ankle disorders. The main goal of this procedure is to reduce the pain during the activity and improve the ankle motion of the patient.

Ideal Candidates for Total Ankle Replacement

    Total Ankle Replacement may be considered for patients with the following conditions:
  • Ankle arthritis that occurs in ankle such as Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Wear and tear of the ankle due to aging
  • Broken ankle
  • Dislocation of the ankle
  • Repeated injury of ankle
  • Infection or septic arthritis

The Procedure

    Total ankle replacement is performed under general anesthesia, the ankle will be approached from front or back depending up on the type of implant. Then the bone will be cut and replaced with metal and plastic components that recreates the ankle joint. In patients with tight calf muscle or tight Achilles tendon,  it will be addressed with a lengthening procedure to improve the range of motion of the ankle. Finally the incision will be closed with stitches or staples and a splint will be applied on it.

Advantages of total ankle replacement, includes:

  • Safely relieves pain
  • The device helps maintaining the mobility of the ankle
  • Reducing stress on adjacent joints
  • Helps in better co ordination of the foot and leg
  • Improvement in the appearance of a deformed joint

After the surgery

    Total ankle replacement requires a recovery period of non-weight bearing and immobilization.  After the procedure the patient need to spend several nights in the hospital and need a strict elevation is needed to control swelling and improve wound healing. Once the surgical wounds are healed the surgeon will allow the patient to do some non-weight bearing, gentle range of motion activities and weight bearing is only allowed a few after the surgery and only if the X rays shows good healing.
    Dr V Santpure is one of the best orthopedic surgeon in India who has  a wide range of experience in performing all types of orthopedic surgeries. His Santpure Foundation, provides quality treatment for orthopedic disorders, treatment for joint and also provides the best Total Ankle Replacement in Maharashtra at cost-effective rates.