What Does it Involve?
Ankle replacement surgery is done through a succession of carefully coordinated steps:
- The surgeon makes an incision through the skin on the front of the ankle and top of the ankle.
- Next, the surgeon will make resurfacing bone cuts on the tibia and talus to remove the remaining worn off cartilage and make room for the implant.
- Once the tibia and talus are prepared, the final implants are placed in the joint and the ankle replacement is complete.
- Additional procedures may be performed at the same time as necessary. The doctor then closes the incision and places the foot in a splint.