How Do I Know If I Need Total Ankle Replacement Surgery?

June 13th, 2014

 Are you suffering from pain in your ankles due to arthritis, a sports injury, or damage that resulted from an accident? Perhaps you have suffered from a sprain or two in the past, and a simple wrap or brace has relieved pain and restored mobility for a short period of time. But if you are experiencing a recurring problem with your ankles, especially with debilitating pain or a limited range of motion, you may be wondering, “How do I know if I need total ankle replacement surgery?”

The physicians at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute specialize in all facets of orthopedic care, with extensive experience in various surgical and non-surgical procedures. Among these internationally acclaimed doctors are specialists in foot and ankle injuries, whose expertise in this orthopedic practice comes from several years of education in some of the world’s finest medical institutions, as well as regular experience with professional and college athletes. If you do, in fact, require total ankle replacements, the physicians at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute can determine this and guarantee you the best treatment available.
Q & A: How Do I Know if I Need Total Ankle Replacement Surgery?
Am I too young for total ankle replacements?
There is no age limit that will qualify or disqualify you for ankle replacement. An evaluation by your doctor, along with recommendations from a foot and ankle specialist, will determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure.
Is my weight a determining factor?
  • Patients are considered on a case by case basis, but weight is certainly one consideration that can make a difference in the longevity of ankle prostheses.
  • How long do total ankle replacements last?
  • This varies according to activity level, overall health, and the age of the patient. In general, patients can expect their implants to last between 10 and 20 years.
Contact the physicians at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and ask, “How do I know if I need total ankle replacement surgery?” If non-surgical options are not effective for you, then total ankle replacements might be the solution.
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