Ankle Replacement Surgery - Delray Beach, FL Ankle Replacement Surgery - Delray Beach, FL

Ankle Replacements

The ankle is a weight-bearing joint that absorbs the body's full impact, so pain from an injured or diseased ankle can be especially severe and debilitating. A total ankle replacement is joint replacement surgery of the ankle joint that may be an excellent option for reducing pain and restoring mobility. Total ankle replacements have actually been available for more than 30 years, but early designs had many problems and were not very effective. In the 1970s, ankle replacements were thought to be "promising, but by the 1980s ankle replacements were rarely performed due to their high failure rate. This left people suffering with severe ankle arthritis with few options and a very limited lifestyle.

More recently, ankle replacements have made a comeback, but to do them properly requires highly specialized training. There are 5 ankle prostheses that have been FDA-approved, so varying options are available depending on the specific problem, allowing for better implant matches and therefore better outcomes

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), early ankle replacement designs had only two components and required bone cement to hold them in proper position. Newer designs don't require cement. Instead, bone grows into the ankle prosthesis similar to knee and hip replacements. Second-generation ankle implants are cement-less with a fixed (two-component design) or mobile (three-component design) .

Who is a Candidate for an Ankle Replacement?

People experiencing severe ankle pain from arthritis may be a candidate for ankle replacement. The other surgical option is ankle fusion (arthrodesis). Ankle replacement allows you to retain more mobility and movement in the ankle compared to ankle fusion.

If you suffer from severe ankle pain and are seeking a viable option, request a consultation with our fellow-ship trained foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Brian Coleman. Dr. Coleman is one of a handful of surgeons in Florida with highly specialized training in ankle replacements and is specifically trained in a number of different implant designs. This means several options are available to him, based on each patient's specific needs. Call (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online and visit Dr. Coleman for a consultation today!