What are the benefits?
What are the risks/side effects?
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- 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.