Ankle replacement surgery

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Total ankle arthroplasty or total ankle replacement

A total ankle replacement involves replacing bones or joints damaged by disease or injury with artificial ones

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An ankle replacement involves replacing the worn out parts of your ankle with artificial ones. This operation can be done to relieve pain and difficulty moving the ankle, often caused by arthritis.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    An ankle replacement can be carried out under a general anaesthetic (where you will be asleep) or a regional anaesthetic (where the lower part of your body will be numb).

    Your surgeon will make a cut on your ankle and remove the damaged bone and tissue. The remaining bone will be trimmed and prepared. The new artificial joint may be made of metal, plastic, ceramic or a combination of these. Your surgeon will replace the two worn-out surfaces of the ankle joint with highly polished surfaces and add a polyethylene spacer between them.

    Your surgeon will then stitch or staple the cut on your ankle. The operation usually takes about two hours.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

    If you're having a general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating or drinking beforehand. You will need to arrange for someone to help you get home from the hospital after your procedure.

  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will be cared for in hospital for up to three nights following your operation. You will have to use crutches until you can bear weight on your ankle.

    You'll need to have physiotherapy to help with strength, range of motion and mobility in your ankle. It may take up to six weeks to fully recover.

    Your consultant will let you know how long it will take to get back to your usual routine, including work.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.

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