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Painful mobile ankle: When the pain and disability of a painful arthritic ankle no longer is tolerated by a sufferer an ankle fusion or replacement should be considered. Best candidate for an ankle replacement is a patient with a painful ankle arthritic that has some motion remaining. An state of the art ankle replacement will relieve pain and maintain or improve the motion. If it fails an ankle fusion can be done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shattered Ankle: Youve had a devastating injury requiring a fusion surgery..... I would exhaust all means to avoid further surgeries at this point and allow yourself to heal and regain strength and function it will also give you time to research the various implants available and the surgeons that would perform an ankle replacement on a fused ankle.. Bracing is certainly an option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ankle surgery: At your age, if indicated (arthritis, etc) it is usually an ankle fusion that takes place unless you have been told you have juvenile ra. Both procedures are commonly done by foot and ankle surgeons who have been trained properly. The recovery time is roughly the same, but at your age, if indicated by medical history and physician evaluation, usually a fusion is done. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain+stiffness: If you have a painful ankle and xrays show loss of cartilage(arthritis) when nmedications, orthotics, braciing and shoe modifications do not allow you to function, you are a potential candidate for an ankle replacement. Requires examination by an ortho surgeon with experience in procedure.Need adequate bone stock, correctable deformity(s), good skin/circulation .Sakvage is an ankle fusion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ankle replacement : There are a few things you need to consider for this procedure. Number one there are only a few people in the country that actually perform this type of surgery and do it well. Number two although the new devices that are out there (salto talarus, inbone, star and others) they still do not last as long as a total knee. If your considering this procedure seek out someone who does these a lot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Metal/plastic insert: Ankle replacement involves removing a small portion of bone on both sides of the joint (tibia and talus) and replacing it with metal on both ends and a special plastic (uhmwp) insert in the middle. It should be done by an experienced orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6-12 months: Studies have shown with the most recent generation of ankle replacements that the majority of improvement takes place in the first 6 months or so with the improvement tapering off and usually complete by 12 months . Of course this is statistical and specific patients can have a more prolonged course before maximum improvement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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