Posts for: July, 2018

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 20, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Ankle X-rayAnkle replacement surgery can alleviate ankle pain due to severe arthritis, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life. Previously, ankle fusion was the primary surgical option for alleviating ankle pain due to arthritis. One drawback to ankle fusion is that the ankle joint loses mobility since it is fused to the leg bone. Ankle replacement surgery not only alleviates ankle pain, but also improves motion in the ankle joint. At Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss is your ankle surgeon for ankle replacement in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Ankle Replacement Surgery

Total ankle replacement, also called total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure for replacing the ankle joint much like hip and knee joints can be replaced. Ankle replacement surgery is performed when chronic arthritis of the ankle has lead to severe pain, limited mobility, and possible loss of cartilage in the ankle. During the procedure, the ankle joint is replaced with an implant composed of two metal parts separated by a spacer. The metal components replace the original ankle joint, while the spacer allows the ankle to maintain mobility.

Recovery from ankle replacement surgery takes a few months. Patients typically cannot return to normal activities for at least 16 weeks following surgery. About a week after surgery, a boot or cast will be placed on the foot to aid in the recovery process. Several weeks later, physical therapy can begin and will continue for several more weeks. Ultimately, as the ankle heals, it will become stronger, mobility will increase, and pain will be gone. In Pearland and Houston, ankle replacement surgery is available at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates.

Ankle replacement could help you in several ways by eliminating ankle pain and improving mobility. To learn more about ankle replacement in Pearland and Houston, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moss by calling Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates at (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office, or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.




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