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Total Ankle Replacement

Ankle replacement surgery most commonly occurs because of severe arthritis in the patients ankle joints.

There are two main forms of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis where the cartilage is slowly worn away over time leaving the bone underneath with no protection and osteoarthritis where the joints suffer gradual wear and tear. Symptoms will often include pain and stiffness in the joint.

Prior to any surgical procedure your consultant will attempt other non surgical avenues such as steroid injections,physiotherapy or pain relief to try and alleviate the problem, however when the pain can no longer be managed by these techniques surgery is the favoured option.

Surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes approximately an hour and a half.

A cut will be made at the front of the ankle to allow your surgeon to remove the damaged surfaces and replace them with the artificial ankle joint which may be made from plastic,metal or ceramic or a combination of the materials.

The new ankle is then attached to the bone with a special coating. The cut will then be closed using stitches or clips.

You will be required to stay for a period of between four and seven days to allow the new joint to settle. It is also likely that crutches or a walking stick will be required for a period of weeks after the procedure.

Most people make a good recovery, have less pain and can move about better. An artificial ankle never feels quite the same as a normal ankle and it is important to look after it in the long term. An ankle replacement can also wear out with time.

We advise that you discuss any questions you may have with your consultant prior to any procedure. Once you are able it is important to maintain regular exercise to aid the recovery process.

This procedure will normally be covered by your medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with their provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551