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A 42-year-old member asked:

how big a surgery is replacing an ?ankle joint with an artificial joint?

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Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 22 years experience
Routine: This surgery is done routinely in a handful of centers in the usa. You can watch my youtube video of the surgery.Be sure to have someone who is comfortable with ankle replacement to do your surgery.
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 31 years experience
Only experienced md: If it's your surgery, any surgery should be taken seriously. Ankle replacement like most surgeries can very in complexity based on patient factors (size, health, previous surgeries). It should be performed by an experienced surgeon, in this case that usually means a fellowship trained orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 47 years experience
Major surgery: Definition of routine minor surgery is surgery done on someone else...Major surgery is surgery done on you...There is nothing routine in ankle replacement surgery..Only have it done by someone who does it many times a month...The difficult part is the post op care and rehab...
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Very big: It is a procedure that must be carefully considered in an appropriate patient after an appropriate period of conservative care. A patient must understand and be willing to undergo the risks and potential complications of this surgery. While long term success is improving, this is not a procedure that should be performed on just any patient.

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