If you suffer from arthritis of the ankle, then you will be only all too intimately aware and familiar with the pain, dull aching and stiffness that the disease will inflict upon your joint. You may find that your quality of life is severely impaired, and that you no longer keep as active as you once were, as a direct consequence of the pain and stiffness you have to contend with on a daily basis. Whilst medication such as codeine capsules and NSAID’s (Non Steroid Anti Inflammatory) drugs will be prescribed by your primary physician in an attempt to control and better manage the disease and its effects, you may find that these conventional methods of dealing with the disease are just not good enough.
If you feel that your arthritis in the ankle is so severe that it is limiting your quality of life by a significant amount then you may want to consider choosing elective surgery, primarily, ankle replacement surgery. The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with an overview and by extension, a better understanding of what the procedure will actually entail. In turn, this will hopefully put their mind at ease, and reduce any concerns or worries they may have about the surgery.
What will happen during the procedure?
During the procedure, the patient will be anesthetized by means of a general or spinal anesthetic agent. Once this has taken full effect on the body of the patient, the surgery will commence.
First, the surgeon will make a small incision into the ankle itself, and pry it open with a pair of surgical clamps. Once the joint has been exposed in this manner, the surgeon will then proceed to remove the damaged components of the ankle, removing diseased and arthritic bone, and ragged edges of articular cartilage. In order to gain full and unfettered access to the ankle joint, the surgeon will be required by necessity, to manipulate the tendons of the joint. They will be repositioned and put back into the most optimal position at the end.
The surgeon will then install the prosthetic joint into the ankle, and then close up the wound.
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