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Dallas Ankle Replacement Surgery

As a premier center for foot and ankle care, we’re pleased to provide comprehensive Dallas ankle replacement surgery and services to patients suffering from severe ankle arthritis or other debilitating ankle conditions. Ankle replacement, or total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces damaged ankle joint components with artificial ones for pain relief and to restore mobility. Our leading foot and ankle surgeon is an expert in this complex procedure, offering the highest standard of care using state-of-the-art surgical techniques and technology.

What is Ankle Replacement?

Ankle replacement surgery involves replacing the arthritic ankle joint with artificial parts. The procedure aims to alleviate pain, improve joint function, and enhance the quality of life. The artificial ankle joint consists of metal and plastic components that mimic the natural movement of the ankle, providing a smooth, pain-free range of motion.

This procedure is a great option for patients suffering from severe arthritis or other debilitating conditions when conservative treatments, like ankle fusion, are ineffective. It is typically performed under general anesthesia and usually takes a couple of hours. The specifics of the procedure vary based on the patient’s condition and the type of implant used.

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The surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your condition and discuss all treatment options before recommending ankle replacement surgery.

When is Ankle Replacement Recommended?

Ankle replacement is generally recommended for patients who have:

Severe Ankle Arthritis

Arthritis can cause the cartilage in the ankle and neighboring joint to wear away, leading to pain and stiffness. When the arthritis is severe and non-surgical treatments have not provided relief, ankle replacement can be a good option.

Previous Unsuccessful Ankle Surgery

If previous surgery, like ankle fusion, to treat ankle arthritis or injury has not been successful, ankle replacement may be considered.

Significant Ankle Pain and Disability

For patients who have significant pain that interferes with daily activities and is not alleviated by non-surgical treatments, total ankle replacement may be an appropriate option.

Inadequate Quality of Life

If your quality of life is severely affected by ankle pain or disability and non-surgical treatments do not help, you may benefit from total ankle replacement surgery.

The surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your condition and discuss all treatment options before they recommend ankle replacement surgery.

Understanding the Dallas Ankle Replacement Procedure

Total ankle replacement surgery involves removing the damaged parts of your ankle bones and replacing them with artificial parts. The artificial joint, made from medical-grade metal and plastic, is designed to mimic the function and ankle motion of the natural ankle joint.

Total ankle replacements begin with an incision on the front of your ankle to expose the joint. The surgeon then removes the damaged portions of the tibia (shin bone) and the talus (ankle bone) and prepares the surfaces to receive the new artificial joint. The artificial joint components are then implanted and secured. Once the new joint is in place, the surgeon tests it to ensure it moves properly. The incision is then closed, and a dressing is applied.

This procedure requires precision and expertise, which our leading foot and ankle surgeon brings to each surgery. Our goal is to help you return to your regular activities with less pain and improved mobility.

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Recovery After Ankle Replacement

Recovery after ankle replacement surgery involves a period of rest and rehabilitation. Initially, you may need to use crutches or a walker to avoid placing weight on the ankle. The duration of this non-weight-bearing period varies based on the specifics of the surgery and your overall health.

Physical therapy is an integral part of the recovery process, helping you regain strength and range of motion in your ankle. Our team will provide a customized physical therapy plan to meet your individual needs and expedite your recovery.

Most patients can expect to return to their everyday activities within 3 to 6 months after the surgery, although complete recovery can take up to a year. Our team will follow up with you regularly to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as necessary.

Risks and Complications

While ankle replacement surgery is generally safe and effective, as with any surgical procedure, it does have potential risks and complications. These may include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, wound healing problems, and possible loosening or failure of the artificial joint over time. However, choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon can significantly reduce these risks. Our team will discuss all potential risks and complications with you before the surgery and will take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety.

Why Choose Our Services?

Expertise

Choosing our center for your ankle replacement surgery means you’re entrusting your care to a team of seasoned professionals. Our premier foot and ankle surgeons, with their vast wealth of experience and unwavering dedication, are committed to delivering the highest standard of surgical care. Our team’s collective knowledge, skills, and expertise work in synergy to ensure optimal results and patient satisfaction.

Our ankle treatment and surgery services are tailored to promote the well-being and optimal function of the foot. We provide specialized interventions like Foot Arthroscopy and Ankle Arthroscopy,  Ligament Reconstruction with Internal Brace for Chronic Ankle Instability, Ankle Arthritis, and Ankle Fracture Fixation.

Individualized Care

We value each patient’s uniqueness, which is why our approach to care is highly personalized. We ensure that you receive treatment plans that are tailored to your specific health needs and lifestyle. Our goal is to deliver comprehensive care that enhances your well-being and matches your individual expectations.

Advanced Techniques

Leveraging the latest surgical techniques and technology, we assure precision and safety in every procedure we perform. This commitment to innovation enhances surgical outcomes and reduces recovery times, facilitating a seamless patient experience from the operating room to recovery.

Patient-Centered Approach

Our commitment extends beyond surgery. We provide comprehensive postoperative care, including personalized physical therapy plans and regular follow-ups, to ensure a smooth and rapid recovery. We prioritize your comfort, mobility, and quality of life throughout your healthcare journey.

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Contact Us

We are wholeheartedly committed to restoring your mobility and improving your quality of life. Don't hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Take the first step on your journey towards better foot and ankle health with us.

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