Total ankle replacements have been available for more than 30 years -- but early designs were failures. In the 1970s, ankle replacements were touted as promising -- but by the 1980s ankle replacements were rarely performed due to their high failure rate. More recently, ankle replacements have made a comeback. There are 4 ankle prostheses that have been FDA-approved and a couple of others under study in the United States.
If you are experiencing severe ankle pain from arthritis, you may be a candidate for ankle replacement. The other surgical option is ankle fusion (arthrodesis). Ankle replacement allows you to retain more mobility and movement in the ankle compared to ankle fusion. But not every patient is an appropriate candidate for ankle replacement. Learn more about your ankle replacement options in Ankle Replacement Designs - What You Need to Know.
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