Total Ankle Replacement

total ankle replacement with dr. thomas mcdonald

Relieving pain, retaining motion

Ankle pain can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to walk, work, or participate in any kind of activity. If you’re struggling with ankle problems, total ankle replacement surgery may be an option.

 

Total ankle replacement surgery is often suggested when serious injury or arthritis has affected the mobility of the ankle joint to the point that it interferes with day-to-day activities.  If conservative methods prove ineffective in providing relief, Dr. McDonald may suggest a total ankle replacement to provide pain relief while preserving ankle motion. 

The Procedure

In a total ankle replacement surgery, Dr. McDonald removes the ankle joint through surgery and replaces it with a custom-made artificial implant made of metal and plastic. He will typically perform the surgery with the patient under general anesthesia, ensuring they will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. The surgery takes place in a hospital or surgery center and generally takes between 2.5 to 3 hours. A brief hospital stay may be expected, which allows healthcare professionals to monitor your initial healing and assist you in managing any pain.

total ankle replacement with dr. thomas mcdonald
total ankle replacement with dr. thomas mcdonald

Recovery

Most people find their discomfort beginning to recede a few days after surgery, and often find themselves in less pain than they were prior to the ankle replacement. Initially, you can expect to be in a splint and require the use of crutches. It is essential for the ankle to not bear any weight for three-four weeks post-surgery since this can disturb the incision.

 

After the splint is removed, you will likely graduate to a boot or walking cast. Early motion often begins around three weeks after surgery, depending on your healing and Dr. McDonald’s recommendation. It is important to keep all follow-up appointments after your ankle replacement and to carefully monitor your incision for any sign of infection.

MoveWright™ Total Ankle Replacement

MoveWright Total Ankle Replacement is designed to relieve ankle arthritis pain while increasing mobility.

 

MoveWright replaces damaged cartilage so the joint can move and bend more like a healthy ankle—allowing you to walk with a more normal gait. MoveWright is a total ankle replacement procedure that can be tailored fit to you, providing you with a more natural fit.  And it can take half the recovery time of the traditional procedure, ankle fusion.

 

After the splint is removed, you will likely graduate to a boot or cast. Physical therapy often begins around six weeks after surgery, depending on your healing and Dr. McDonald’s recommendation. It is important to keep all follow-up appointments after your ankle replacement and to carefully monitor your incision for any sign of infection.

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