If you suffer from advanced ankle arthritis that is not responding to non-surgical treatment options, you may benefit from total ankle arthroplasty. This procedure replaces your damaged ankle joint with a prosthetic, or artificial one, but still preserves a good range of motion.
Total Ankle Arthroplasty Comprehensive Approach
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Foot and Ankle Center is the only major hospital in the region equipped to perform total ankle arthroplasty. We offer you the experienced ankle arthroplasty specialists and the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery.
Every surgeon on our team is fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery and specializes exclusively in caring for lower extremity conditions. We have years of experience, and together, perform about 1,500 foot and ankle surgical procedures annually. These include many revisions for patients who continue to have ankle problems following a joint replacement.
We also work together with any other specialists you need to manage your condition. We supplement this multidisciplinary approach by providing you with many additional orthopedic services to support your treatment and recovery. These services include:
- Pedorthic and shoe consultants, if you need special orthotics or shoes
- Durable medical goods, including braces, crutches, and other equipment you may need during recovery
- Physical therapy
Our friendly and competent staff will coordinate all of this additional care for you right at the Foot and Ankle Center. You will not have to go anywhere else for any other care – our Foot and Ankle Center is your one-stop-shop for everything you need.
Total Ankle Arthroplasty Recovery
After your surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for several days. There, you will keep your foot elevated above your heart, and you will have a cast or splint to keep it from moving. As you heal, we will encourage you to begin to bear weight on the foot. You will also need to do physical therapy to regain strength in your foot and ankle. Before your procedure, your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will review the specific details of your recovery with you.