The Foot and Ankle Clinic

Ankle replacement

What is an ankle replacement? | How does an ankle replacement work? | How are the components fixed to bone? | When and for whom? | Are there any other benefits except loss of pain? | Why aged fifty, why not younger? | Alternatives to ankle replacement | How do I decide between an ankle replacement and an ankle fusion? | Contraindications to ankle replacement | The operation | Operative stills - Mobility| Operative stills - STAR| Operative footage | Post-operative movement and gait | After the ankle replacement operation | Complications

How does an ankle replacement work?
An ankle replacement works by removing the worn out joint surfaces which are generating the pain and as a result the ankle symptoms disappear.  Replacing them with a mobile weight bearing surface means that existing ankle movement can be retained. Adequate muscle and tendon function is required.

How are the ankle replacement components fixed to bone?
Both components have bioactive coatings which encourage the growth of your own bone onto them, forming a natural bond.

talar component
The talar component showing polished upper surface

tibial component
The tibial component showing polished lower surface

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