Some Important Facts About Ankle Replacement For Ankle Arthritis

There has been a significant amount of progress made in the world of ankle joint replacement technology, and this is plainly reflected in the fact that there is now a higher number of patients undergoing the surgery, and slowly but surely, the procedure is finally beginning to win over even the most suspicious and cautious of surgeons.

Indeed,  ankle replacement surgery is a very exciting breakthrough indeed, as it represents a major improvement in the range of options that people who suffer from ankle arthritis have open to them.  That said, it is crucial that the patient who suffers from arthritis is aware of the potential risks and limitations associated with the treatment.

What does ankle replacement surgery involve?

As the name would perhaps suggest, ankle replacement surgery is the process whereby the damaged components of an arthritic ankle are removed and in their place, a prosthetic made of metal, ceramic or plastic will be installed. Please note that there are a number of different types of ankle replacement models, and so the final decision will be reached with the consensus of both the surgeon and the patient due to undergo the operation.

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What does ankle replacement surgery involve?

Due to the nature of the operation, the patient undergoing it will be either be issued with a spinal or general anesthetic.  If the patient should receive a spinal anesthetic, then they will remain conscious and alert during the procedure, but will unable to feel anything below their waist (an important consideration to safeguard against shock). They may also be issued with relaxants and sedatives to ensure that they do not become overly distressed during the procedure.

If a general anesthetic is used, this means that the patient will be rendered unconscious and will not feel anything or be aware of the operation at all. In all, the procedure take upwards of 5 hours. A tourniquet will be secured directly above the knee in order to cut off the circulation of the blood to the ankle, so as to eliminate the risk of blood loss during the procedure. This is entirely safe, and will be carefully supervised by the surgical team.

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