Ankle Replacement Surgery at Middlesex Hospital
When your ankles are in constant pain, things like dancing, hiking, riding a bicycle, traveling to distant lands or even to the local mall can seem impossible.
Ankles can be damaged when you strain surrounding ligaments and tendons, or by fracturing any of the three bones that make up the ankle joint. Ankles also are weakened through infection or, commonly, through osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or arthritis caused by past ankle surgery.
Ankle Replacement Surgery replaces the damaged parts of those three bones that make up the ankle joint. Artificial joint parts (prosthetics) are used to replace your own bones. They come in different sizes to fit different-size people.
The experienced orthopedic surgical team at Middlesex Hospital offers advanced technology, state-of-the-art prosthetics, and experienced caregivers that support you and your family, from pre-surgery to home care and rehabilitation.
During surgery, your surgeon removes the damaged bone, then reshapes the three bones that remain in place. The parts of the new artificial joint are then attached to the cut bony surfaces and held in place with special glue or bone cement. Screws are typically placed through the two leg bones to help support the artificial ankle. Finally, a bone graft is created between the ends of the two primary bones to help stabilize your new ankle.
No matter what type of surgery your surgeon recommends, care can be provided at Middlesex Hospital, or at the Middlesex Center for Advanced Orthopedic Surgery (www.mcaos.com), depending on your injury or condition. And our cross-disciplinary team of caregivers will help you prepare before your surgery and then assist with physical rehabilitation and transitional or home care, working closely with you, your personal physician and your caregivers well into recovery.