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What happens during ankle replacement surgery?

Ankle replacement surgery relieves the pain caused by severe arthritis. Doctors cut away the painful arthritic joint surfaces and replace them with a cap (covering) of metal. They then put a shock absorber between those two highly polished metal surfaces. After ankle replacement surgery, you should maintain or even improve motion in the joint, and do so without pain.
Dr. Joan R. Williams, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
During ankle replacement surgery, the damaged cartilage surfaces of the tibia and talus are removed and replaced with metal implants. A polyethylene spacer is then placed between these metal implants to allow motion at the joint.  After surgery, the person will have to be off of the foot for four to six weeks in a splint or boot. After that walking on the foot can begin but physical therapy will be required as well.

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