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If you're tired of suffering from ankle pain and loss of mobility, the orthopedic surgeons at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare are ready to get you back on your feet with total ankle replacement surgery.
This surgery is ideal for patients experiencing life restrictions due to arthritis in the ankle, are over 50 and have found that other treatments such as braces, injections and medications were unsuccessful. In the past, the only surgical option for chronic pain from ankle arthritis was to fuse the affected bones to the leg. This was effective in relieving pain, but resulted in the loss of mobility in the ankle.
A total ankle replacment is similar to a hip or knee replacement. Arthritic bones are replaced with prosthetics, which alleviates joint pain and restores mobility. Although recovery time is longer compared to hip and knee replacements, the end-result can be life changing.
"My patients that have had ankle replacements tend to be some of the happiest patients I have. Basically, because the pain they had beforehand is gone and they're able to get back to walking and activities that they weren't able to do before," Dr. Aaron Guyer, orthopedic surgeon at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare said.
To learn more about total ankle replacement surgery, visit tmh.org/ortho.