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Ankle Surgery

An injured ankle joint can make everyday activities painful and difficult to do. When surgery is the best option to reduce the pain, you want specially trained surgeons who can provide the latest technology.

Whenever possible, your surgeon will take you through certain steps of treatment to try and avoid surgery. Some treatments may include:

  • Medications
  • Braces
  • Injections
  • Shoe modifications

If surgery is the best option for you, your surgeon will discuss ankle fusion and total ankle replacement to decide which procedure best fits your lifestyle.

Ankle fusion

Ankle fusion is a surgery used to treat arthritis in the ankle. It joins two or more bones of the ankle. Our surgeons perform the procedure arthroscopically, meaning only small incisions are made on your ankle. This results in less pain, bleeding and a shorter recovery time compared with open surgical approaches. This is a same-day surgery.

Ankle replacement

Total ankle replacement is done when the ankle joint is severely damaged from conditions, such as traumatic injury, severe arthritis or chronic sprains. The damaged ankle joint is removed and replaced with an artificial implant.

Our foot and ankle surgeons offer the first and only pre-operative navigation system for total ankle replacement. Before surgery, a CT scan is used to create 3D ankle alignment guides based on your specific anatomy. The 3D guides allow the surgeon to adjust the alignment of the implant and correct any deformity in the office rather than the operating room.

Benefits include:

  • Less time in the operating room
  • Less X-ray exposure
  • More bone preservation
  • Increased mobility

Before you decide to have an ankle replaced, you should know what happens before, during and after this surgery. Download the Total Ankle Replacement Booklet to learn more.

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