What are the benefits?

Ankle replacement surgery may provide pain relief and allow you to return to more of your normal activities.

What are the risks/side effects?

There are risks associated with any surgery. The most common risks include:
  • Reaction to the anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots

The most common risks associated with ankle joint replacement surgery include:

  • Damage to nerves and blood vessels
  • Breaks in the bone on either side of the artificial joint
  • Loosening or dislocation of the artificial joint
  • Continued pain after surgery
  • A weakened and unstable joint
  • The joint may not last your entire lifetime or could require further surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare?

Before surgery, your doctor will do a thorough examination and ask about your medical history. You may need blood tests to rule out anemia or blood clotting disorders. Your doctor will talk with you about the new medicines that you will need to take after surgery. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medicines you are currently taking, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs (such as allergy pills or cough syrup), inhalers, patches, vitamin supplements, and herbal remedies.

You will be asked to not eat or drink anything several hours before surgery. It is important to follow these instructions to avoid complications with the anesthesia. If you don’t follow these instructions, your surgery may have to be postponed.

Support & Resources

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Ankle joint replacement (also known as total ankle arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure to replace the ankle joint with an artificial joint. It is done as a treatment for severe arthritis. The procedure may provide pain relief and allow most patients to return to some of their normal activities. Ankle joint replacement is often the last resort for patients who don’t receive pain relief from other treatments.