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Total ankle replacement

 

 Osteoarthritis is a very   common condition affecting   us as we get older.


 Treatment of arthritis   depends on the stage of   arthritis and the degree of   symptoms you get.

  In early stages, simple   measures like

 would help reduce the   symptoms.


 In late stages of arthritis,   joint replacement gets rid   of the pain and stiffness   and improves your mobility

  and lifestyle.



 

 Are there any risks in   having joint replacement?

 

 Joint replacement is   generally a successful   operation and lasts for 10   to 15 years.

 

 The followings are the  

 rare risks involved.


  1. Infection (1 to 2%)
  2. Wound breakdown
  3. Fracture
  4. Nerve damage that can cause numbness and painful scar
  5. Blood clots in legs or lungs (Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)
  6. Loosening
  7. CRPS (sympathetic dystrophy) - makes the

ankle very painful and

swollen



How long will I be in the hospital?


1 to 2 days.


When will I start to walk again?


Your leg will be in a plaster slab for 2 weeks. You will

be using a pair of crutches and will not walk on the

operated leg for 2 weeks. With a new plaster at 2

weeks, you will weight bear partially for 4 weeks.


When can I drive?


6 to 8 weeks after operation, once you are able to do

an emergency stop.


How will you reduce the risk of infection?


You will be given antibiotics at the time of operation.


How will you reduce the risk of blood clots?


You will be given injections to thin the

blood.


Do I need physiotherapy?


Yes. It is very important that you do exercise after the

plaster is removed to improve the bending of the

ankle.


How successful is ankle replacement?


97 out of every 100 replaced ankles are functioning

well at 3 years.

90 out of every 100 replaced ankles are functioning

well at 10 years.


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