Total Ankle Replacement
Total ankle replacement is used to relieve severe ankle arthritis. Only your surgeon can determine if you are a candidate, but likely candidates are normal weight patients over 50 who are not diabetic.
Although mechanical joints can relieve pain and increase mobility for many years, they may not last a patient’s entire life. Most patients can expect their implant to last between 10 and 20 years. Even elective surgeries come with recovery time and rehab.
Talk to your doctor about all of your options, including physical therapy. You might find that total ankle replacement surgery is the right fit for your ankle arthritis.