By Daniel Hake, MD
Dr. Hake discusses total ankle replacement surgery. Ankle replacement can be needed due to painful arthritic disease or if someone has had a previous ankle fusion. The surgery takes about 3 hours. Recovery starts after the surgery is completed and includes immobilizing the ankle and then a physical therapy program. The goal after surgery is less pain and increased mobility. Total ankle replacement is not as common as total knee or hip replacement but advancements have been made in the technology. Healthy lifestyles and good weight control are ways to keep your ankles strong and healthy.
Dr. Hake practices at Ochsner Health Center - Covington. He can be reached at (985) 875-2828.