Is Total Ankle Replacement Right for Me?
Do you have ankle arthritis? Do you have moderate to severe pain in your ankle? Are you taking over the counter medications every day due to pain? Does ankle pain cause you to limit what you do or miss out on family activities?
Historically, when someone suffered from ankle arthritis, their only choice was an ankle fusion, a surgery to fuse bones in the ankle together. This surgery is successful in elimination of pain, but it also limits motion. The medical paradigm is now shifting towards total ankle replacement. A total ankle replacement also eliminates pain while retaining motion in the ankle, allowing you to walk normally again. So you can take a hike with your grandkids or walk around the grocery store without thinking twice about pain anymore.
Not everyone is a candidate for total ankle replacement. But before defaulting to an ankle fusion, talk with Dr. Brady about whether a total ankle replacement is right for you.