At Casper Orthopedics, we are committed to offering the latest and most advanced treatments, procedures, and techniques. As part of this commitment, we proudly offer total ankle replacement to help patients meeting specific criteria get back to enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.
What Is Total Ankle Replacement?
Total ankle replacement, also referred to as ankle arthroplasty, is an advanced surgical procedure that is performed to remove the damaged sections of the ankle joint and replace them with artificial components.
This surgery not only provides patients with pain relief but also helps restore and maintain the function of the ankle and foot as well as improves the range of motion of the joint.
Is Total Ankle Replacement Right for You?
Total ankle replacement is typically performed on patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis. However, it may also be recommended after a severe injury.
To determine if you are a good candidate for total ankle replacement, your orthopedic surgeon will thoroughly assess the strength, range of motion, and condition of your ankle. They will also ask you questions about your ankle pain as well as how it is affecting your everyday life. Additionally, your surgeon may order tests, such as X-rays, to better understand your condition and the extent of the damage.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your orthopedic surgeon may suggest nonsurgical treatment options, such as anti-inflammatory medication, bracing, or physical therapy, first before considering surgery. However, if these conservative treatment options are unable to provide you with relief and total ankle replacement is recommended for you, your surgeon will walk you through the procedure, explain the recovery process, and answer any questions you may have.
What to Expect During Your Total Ankle Replacement
Total ankle replacement is performed under general anesthesia. Once you are under, your surgeon will make an incision in the front of your ankle to gain access to the damaged joint. Depending on the type of implant being used, other smaller incisions may also be made on the outside of your ankle. After the incisions have been made, the damaged bone and cartilage will be removed. The joint will then be recreated using metal and plastic components. Additionally, your calf muscle or Achilles tendon may be lengthened at this time if they are tight, which will help improve the range of motion of your ankle following surgery. Your surgeon will then finish the procedure by closing your incisions. Following surgery, you will be given guidance and instructions to follow during your recovery. There will also be follow-up appointments you will need to attend to ensure your ankle is healing well and your recovery is progressing.
Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon specializing in total ankle replacement, Eric H. Linford, M.D., is committed to providing patients with compassionate and experienced foot and ankle care. Having undergone extensive education and training, Dr. Linford is highly skilled at performing advanced procedures, including total ankle replacement, and he is dedicated to helping you redefine your limits and get back to your healthy, active lifestyle.
To learn more about total ankle replacement or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linford, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.