Ankle Replacement

What Type Of Ankle Replacement Design Is Right For You?

Ankle replacement surgery has actually been around for about 30 years; however, earlier designs were not successful.  These procedures were touted as being promising in the 1970s but due to such an obscene failure rate, they began to be discontinued in the 1980s.  Today, these surgeries are making quite a comeback and so far the results are earning a bit of redemption over their previous reputation.

In the United States, there are currently five ankle prosthesis that are FDA-approved.  The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers the information that early ankle replacement designs only had two components and for them to be held in proper position, they required bone cement.  The newest varieties don't use cement because the bone actually grows into the prosthesis which is along the same line as hip and knee replacements.  All second generation implants now use either a fixed or mobile polyethylene bearing.

Are You A Good Candidate?

If you happen to be experiencing severe pain in your ankle because of arthritis, you are probably an ideal candidate for ankle replacement.  On a side note, ankle fusion is another option for some individuals; however, a full replacement allows you to gain much more movement and mobility.

Unfortunately, not everyone who is suffering from arthritis is a good candidate.  For individuals who have unstable or severely deformed ankles, ankle replacement is not a practical option.  Your doctor will be able to tell you if this type of surgery is right for you.

Types Of Replacements