Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Introduction
Total ankle replacement surgery, known as prosthesis, is a major procedure most commonly performed for patients with advanced ankle osteoarthritis. The aim of an ankle replacement is to eradicate persistent pain and preserve ankle mobility.
Although hip and knee replacements are commonplace procedures, attempts to deliver the same solution for the ankle have been problematic. Devices have frequently loosened and failed, due to the pressure placed on the ankle.
The ankle is a particularly complex joint to replace because it needs to flex and rotate and due to its size and shape, the ankle receives more strain than any other joint in the body.
However the new generation of total ankle replacements integrate much more effectively into the ankle joint with much improved results.