Find out more about joint replacement surgery and when it’s necessary.
Have you been diagnosed with arthritis of the ankle? Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects the cartilage around the bones of the ankle, leading to pain and stiffness. From infections and connective tissue disorders to certain diseases, there are many factors that can contribute to ankle arthritis. Of course, it’s important to understand both the treatment options that are offered by our Ocala office and when to consider contacting our podiatrist, Dr, Dobert Linn, for joint replacement surgery.
When should I consider joint replacement surgery?
In most cases, our Ocala foot and ankle specialist will provide you with different nonsurgical treatment options for managing your arthritis symptoms and to prevent further joint damage. Some of these conservative treatment options include painkillers and corticosteroid injections.
Of course, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of joint replacement surgery if all other treatment options haven’t provided you with the relief that you need.
What is involved in joint replacement surgery?
This inpatient procedure is performed under general anesthesia. During surgery, an incision is made in the front of the ankle and the joint is exposed by lifting away the tendons and ligaments. Damaged parts of the anklebone are removed and then the artificial joint is placed. A bone graft is often needed to fuse together the tibia and fibula to keep the artificial joint in place.
What is the recovery process like?
After your surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days before being released. From there, your foot doctor will give you specific instructions about at-home care. You’ll wear a splint or protective boot and will need to use crutches so that you do not put weight on the ankle. Crutches will be used for at least six weeks. The length of the recovery process is different for everyone, so it’s important to talk to us to find out what you can expect after joint replacement surgery.
If your ankle arthritis is impacting your daily routine and quality of life, then surgery may be the best option. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for joint replacement surgery, call Foot & Ankle of Ocala today at (352) 861-1055 to sit down with Dr. Linn for a consultation.