Ankle Replacement Specialist

ROC Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgery located in Tualatin, OR & Oregon City, OR

If you have chronic ankle arthritis or another condition that causes ankle pain and instability, ankle replacement surgery could help you reclaim your function and health. At ROC Orthopedics in Tualatin and Oregon City, Oregon, the board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons have trained on all major approved ankle replacement systems, including the highly advanced Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR), Salto® Total Ankle Prosthesis, INFINITY™ Total Ankle System, INBONE™ Total Ankle System, and Integra Cadence Total Ankle System. Book your ankle replacement consultation by phone or schedule online today.

Ankle Replacement Q & A

What is an ankle replacement?

An ankle replacement is a surgical procedure used to remove diseased or worn joint materials and replace them with prosthetic metal and plastic parts. If pain and ankle stiffness limit your activities, ankle replacement surgery can help you return to a more active lifestyle.

When would I need an ankle replacement?

If you can’t enjoy an active life because of ankle pain and stiffness and conservative treatments don't offer enough relief, ankle replacement could be right for you. 

The primary need for ankle replacement comes from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis. Other possible reasons for ankle replacement could include ankle instability after repeated sprains and poorly healed ankle fractures.

How does ankle replacement surgery work?

At ROC Orthopedics, the surgeons are highly trained in the use of all major state-of-the-art ankle replacement systems, including STAR, Salto Total Ankle Prosthesis, INFINITY Total Ankle System, INBONE Total Ankle System, and Integra Cadence Total Ankle System.

Although each system works somewhat differently, the end goal is always the same: maximum range-of-motion and pain relief after your surgery. During your procedure, your surgeon removes your damaged joint tissue and places 2-3 new components in your ankle, depending on the specific system. 

Just as with hip replacements, the bone then fuses with the prosthesis over time. This gives you an excellent result without bone cement. Clinical studies demonstrated that this advanced approach allows for better pain relief and ankle range-of-motion than with ankle fusion surgery.

What happens after ankle replacement surgery?

Where possible, ROC Orthopedics surgeons perform ankle replacement in their outpatient surgery center so you can return home the same day. Recovery can vary from one case to another, so your ROC Orthopedics surgeon designs a plan ideal for your situation. In general, many patients spend around two weeks with their ankle elevated (“toes above nose”). 

You'll wear a walking boot as you gradually bear partial and then full weight. Physical therapy is a principal part of your recovery. It helps you increase strength in the muscles that support your ankle joint while maintaining a good range-of-motion.

Are you interested in ankle replacement? Call ROC Orthopedics or schedule a consultation online today. 

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