Joints such as the ankle have specialised articular (joint) cartilage and a small amount of lubricating joint fluid kept within the joint by a joint capsule. The capsule stops the fluid from leaking out. If the cartilage is damaged for any reason, this may lead to arthritis. This usually results in pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint involved. It can occur in any age group but is most common in the middle to older age groups and depends on the underlying cause. There is no cure for arthritis but there are many ways to help relieve symptoms. If managed effectively, people with arthritis may live healthy, active lifestyles with or without surgery.
This surgical procedure is performed to treat severe arthritis or injury of the ankle joint. During the procedure, the surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage and fuses the joint. This stabilizes the ankle and relieves pain.
This procedure identifies and treats problems in your ankle. With it, the surgeon can access your ankle without creating a large incision.
In the ankle it is most commonly due to post-traumatic arthritis:
Other causes may be related to inflammatory arthropathy; most commonly rheumatoid arthritis, primary osteoarthritis which is relatively uncommon, and other causes such as septic arthritis (infected joint), Charcot arthropathy or haemochromatosis.
Usually involve pain, especially with activity and particularly first thing in the morning, progressive stiffness, swelling and clicking or catching.
Usually gradually but sometimes more rapidly gets worse.
Considered if symptoms are progressing and function is decreasing after a trial of non-surgical treatment.
Depending on the extent of disease, surgical options may include:
Please find more information in the post operative protocol section for your specific surgical procedure
All surgery has risks involved, however every effort is made to reduce these risks. Risks include but are not limited to:
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