Total Ankle Replacement Protocol
Total ankle replacement surgery is among our specialties at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. Our team includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons who are uniquely trained and experienced in performing complex joint replacement operations. Here’s a brief overview of the total ankle replacement procedure, how to prepare, and what the recovery process will entail.
Preparing for Surgery
The best way to prepare for ankle replacement surgery is to carefully follow your physician’s guidance regarding any restrictions on blood-thinning medications and lifestyle habits that could potentially interfere with your recovery, such as smoking. It’s also a good idea to prepare your home for your recovery period. You’ll likely be using crutches, a scooter, or a walker as you heal, so remove any potential tripping hazards and move all necessary items (clothes, toiletries, etc.) to the first floor of your home so you won’t have to climb stairs.
During the Procedure
During ankle replacement surgery, damaged components of the ankle joint are removed through an incision and replaced with metal or plastic implants (prostheses) that are designed to promote fluid and comfortable joint movement.
The Recovery Process
The details of each patient’s recovery process will vary according to his or her age, overall health, and other factors. In general, you should avoid putting any weight on the affected ankle for about six weeks. You may also need to wear a removable boot for one to weeks following surgery. A regimen of physical therapy will likely be recommended about six weeks after your surgery to help restore the strength and mobility of the ankle joint.
As a patient at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, you can be assured that your surgeon will carefully walk you through every step of the treatment process—from preparation through recovery—to ensure you feel completely comfortable. Contact us today if you would like to speak with an orthopedic surgeon about your treatment options.