Our Ankle Replacement Surgery May Help Gardnerville, NV, Area Residents Alleviate Their Pain and Increase Their Range of Motion
Ankle replacement surgery is available to Gardnerville, Nevada, area residents at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. This procedure (also referred to as “ankle arthroplasty”) involves inserting metal and plastic prosthetics to replace damaged bone and cartilage. The ankle comprises three bones: the tibia (the shin bone), the fibula (the smaller lower leg bone), and the talus (the bone that sits on the heelbone within the socket formed by the tibia and the fibula). The surgical prosthetics include two main parts: the tibial component (which replaces the ankle socket) and the talus component (which replaces the top of the talus bone). The talus component fits into the socket formed by the tibial component.
Patients in Gardnerville, NV, and beyond who undergo this procedure often receive either general anesthesia (where they are asleep) or a nerve block (where they are awake but cannot feel anything in the affected area). Many patients opt to undergo this procedure over ankle fusion surgery (also referred to as “ankle arthrodesis”) because the latter can hinder motion in the ankle joint.
Although ankle replacement surgery is most commonly used to treat arthritis (including both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), it can also be used to treat the following conditions:
At Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, we generally recommend that patients first attempt a course of conservative treatment before turning to surgery. In this case, conservative treatment methods may involve pain medication, physical therapy, bracing, and activity modification. If you have tried to relieve your ankle pain with no success, please make an appointment at our Gardnerville, NV, office. We look forward to helping you with a tailored treatment program, from conservative treatments like physical therapy to determining whether you may be a candidate for ankle replacement surgery at our clinic.