Total Ankle Replacement Specialist

Battle Born Bone & Joint Center

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Las Vegas, NV & Reno, NV

If you have arthritic deterioration, chronic pain, or limited range of motion in your ankle that hasn’t responded to conservative treatments, a total ankle replacement may be just the solution you need. At Battle Born Bone & Joint Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, you meet with a foot and ankle specialist who evaluates your symptoms and helps you decide if this modern joint procedure is right for you. To find out more about a total ankle replacement procedure, book an examination through the website, or call to speak with a team member directly.

Total Ankle Replacement Q & A

Why do I need a total ankle replacement? 

A total ankle replacement is a solution to restore your ankle joint to full function. Usually, this type of procedure is the last resort after conservative measures, such as physical therapy, haven’t provided relief. Your doctor may recommend a total ankle replacement if you have:

  • Arthritic damage from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wear-and-tear from osteoarthritis 
  • Diminished range of motion 
  • Post-traumatic arthropathy
  • Chronic ankle pain

Modern total ankle replacement procedures help you get back to doing the things you enjoy, without worrying about limitations. 

What happens during a total ankle replacement?

Battle Born Bone & Joint Center provides the most up-to-date total ankle replacement procedures using the most advanced technology. You’re going to be under general anesthesia for the procedure, which is performed in a hospital setting.

A total ankle replacement involves replacing and restoring the three primary components that make up your ankle joint: the tibiotalar joint (ankle joint), the tibia (shin bone), and the talus, which is a foot bone. 

During your procedure, your surgeon removes the damaged and deteriorated portions of your tibia and talus. They attach medical-grade artificial joint components to the surfaces. 

Once your bones are prepared, your surgeon realigns all of the bones and connective tissues in your “new” ankle joint and places specialized plastic spacers between them. Your surgeon then strategically closes your surgical incision and moves you into the recovery room. 

How long is the recovery after a total ankle replacement?

A total ankle replacement is a major orthopedic surgery. Your provider at Battle Born Bone & Joint Center may have you stay in the hospital for a few nights to help you keep your treated ankle elevated and to avoid the need to put any weight on it.

Once you’re released to go home, you’re going to need to use crutches and to wear a splint for several weeks. Your dedicated surgeon from Battle Born Bone & Joint Center teaches you personalized exercises you should be doing at home each day to promote healing and blood flow.

It takes at least six to eight weeks to be able to get back to most of your normal activities, although it could be several months until you’re able to put full weight on your treated ankle. 

Your surgeon may recommend regular physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions throughout your recovery to help you regain full ankle function over time.

If you’re interested in finding out more about total ankle replacement procedures, book an exam at Battle Born Bone & Joint Center. Schedule online or over the phone today.