Q: Is total ankle replacement (TAA) a reasonable surgical option?
A: TAA is the newest technology in the surgical treatment of ankle arthritis. Traditionally, the only
surgical option was fusion or arthrodesis which effectively “freezes” the ankle joint. Long-term studies
have shown, however, that fusion surgery can lead to progressive arthritis of the surrounding joints. The
goal of TAA is to decrease/eliminate pain in the arthritic ankle while preserving motion.
Most patients resume normal function as well as low-impact recreational activities such as golf, exercise
and walking. Due to improved technology and positive outcomes, total ankle replacement surgery is
being performed much more frequently nationally. Its popularity has evolved to the point that it will
soon be considered the “gold standard” in the treatment of ankle arthritis. Orthopedic surgeons who
specialize in foot and ankle surgery are specifically trained to perform total ankle replacement as well as
addressing any complications that may arise. In my personal experience, patients that have undergone
the procedure are the most appreciative because of their ability to resume their routine activities
virtually pain free.
Posted by South Palm Orthopedics
on Sunday, February 1, 2015
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