If you have damaged bone and cartilage in your ankle that is causing significant pain or disability, ankle replacement surgery at Dignity Health may help you live a more normal life. During ankle replacement surgery, or ankle arthroplasty, an experienced surgeon replaces the damaged areas of your ankle with artificial joint parts called prosthetics. If your ankle joint has been severely damaged and is causing ankle pain and loss of movement, surgery could be your best option for a complete recovery.
An ankle replacement may be beneficial if you have any of the following:
- Rheumatoid ankle arthritis
- Ankle arthritis (often resulting from past ankle surgery)
- Fractured bone
STAR Ankle Arthroplasty
STAR™ Ankle Arthroplasty is a medical advancement that provides excellent relief from the crippling effects of osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It reduces pain, increases range of motion, improves walking ability and has excellent long-term results. It is the only ankle implant that has a mobile bearing designed to reproduce original ankle motion and better mimic the natural movements of this complex joint.
- STAR™ Ankle is the only artificial ankle with a mobile bearing that allows increased range of motion.
- Its unique press fit design means no bone cement is used. It grows into the patient’s bone to become part of the body, remaining stable and strong over time.
- STAR™ Ankle offers a major improvement over the limiting effects of an ankle fusion and allows significant activity and function after implantation.
Take the Next Step
If you’re interested in ankle replacement surgery in Sacramento, CA or a surrounding area, it’s important to have all of the facts. The trusted orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health can help you learn about your options and select the right treatment for you. We are proud to be recognized for our joint replacement surgeries throughout the region. Find a Doctor today or call (916) 851-2511 for a physician referral.
In addition to our advanced ankle replacement surgery, Dignity Health cares for your complete well-being, including making sure you feel comfortable going into surgery. Attend one of our regularly scheduled orthopedic consumer seminars to learn more about our program and your procedure.
What to Expect from Ankle Replacement Surgery at Dignity Health
For your procedure, you’ll likely be in a Dignity Health hospital. You’ll be given general anesthesia, so you’ll be asleep and feel no pain during the procedure. Sometimes, you may receive spinal anesthesia, which means you will be awake but will feel nothing below your waist. If you have this type of anesthesia, you’ll be given additional medicine to help you relax.
After removing damaged cartilage and bone from your ankle, your orthopedic surgeon will replace parts of your shin and foot bones with the new artificial joint, or prosthesis. Plastic, cement, and metal screws hold the prosthesis together and stabilize your ankle. Rely on Dignity Health to use the latest methods and technologies for your best possible care.
You may need to wear a brace, splint, cast, or use crutches for up to 12 weeks while your ankle is healing.
Your doctor will give you special instructions for how to care for and handle your new joint. You’ll have physical therapy and learn exercises on how to move easier.
The experts at Dignity Health are here to answer all of your questions regarding your ankle replacement surgery in Sacramento and the surrounding areas.