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Ankle replacement is an operation to remove the diseased and damaged parts of the ankle and replace them with an artificial joint.

What is ankle replacement?

The ankle is a complex joint because it needs to flex and rotate. Furthermore, it receives a lot of strain compared to other joints in the body. Ankle replacement is an operation to remove the diseased and damaged parts of the ankle and replace them with an artificial joint.

The procedure is most commonly performed on patients who are suffering with advanced ankle osteoarthritis.

The aim of the replacement is to reduce pain and increase function and mobility. However, the best results have been on older patients because their ankles are under less stress than the young.

Symptoms

  • Severe ankle osteoarthritis
  • Pain in the ankle even when relaxing
  • Extreme bone fracture
  • Severe infection

We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence, you'll be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.

When is ankle replacement needed?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-speciality surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

 

Preparing for ankle replacement

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Ankle replacement procedure

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Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

 

Ankle replacement side effects and complications

Ankle replacement is carried out under a general anaesthetic or a spinal epidural.

The surgeon will make a cut in front of the ankle to expose the ankle joint. All tendons, nerves and blood vessels will be preserved and only damaged bone and cartilage will be removed before the artificial joint is inserted.

The degenerated natural surfaces of the ankle joint are replaced with an artificial cover known as prosthesis.

The ankle replacement is made up of three components. Two components are fixed to the joint. One of these is fixed to the tibia (lower end of the shin bone) and is flat and integrated into the bone with a short stem. The other one is fixed to the talus (top of the foot bone) and is curved and fixed into place with pegs. The third component is in the middle and remains mobile. This allows for the greatest range of movement and reduces stress between the bone and the implants.

All of the components are covered in a bioactive coating which encourages the patient’s own bone to grow into artificial fixtures. This will hopefully preserve the movement that they already had and facilitate extra mobility.

The cut is then closed with stitches and a splint, lightweight cast or brace may be fitted to prevent the ankle from moving.

Ankle replacement recovery time

The expected length of stay is 1-2 nights. This depends on each individual patient and will be set once you have seen the consultant.

Following surgery, no weight must be put upon the treated ankle. Walking assistance such as crutches can be used to aid mobility.

Physiotherapy is important to help improve the ankle’s full range of movement and to gradually weight bear.
Recovery can take up to six months post-surgery and it can be up to a year before the patient is fully recovered and the ankle replacement surgery can be completely evaluated.

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After an ankle replacement, typically our consultants will want to see you after your procedure to see how you are doing.

If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we're ready to help.

Ankle replacement cost

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

Why Spire Liverpool Hospital is the best choice

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

You can trust Spire Liverpool Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’s terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself.

(2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Find Spire Liverpool Hospital

Based in quiet and peaceful grounds facing Greenbank Park, we are only a 15-minute car journey from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and are well placed for easy access via public transport routes.

57 Greenbank Road,
Liverpool
L18 1HQ

Email: info@spireliverpool.com
Hospital reception: 0151 733 7123

 

Hospital director
Fergus Macpherson 


How to get here

Finding us by car

From the M62:
Follow the M62 to the end, taking the slip road on the left onto the A5058 (Queens Drive). Then continue along the A5058 (following signs to Allerton / Mossley Hill A5058), passing over two roundabouts. Follow the A5058 until the junction of North Mossley Hill Road (where you will see a sign for Spire Liverpool Hospital).

Turn right into North Mossley Hill Road and continue on to Greenbank Road. Continue along Greenbank Road, passing playing fields on the right and halls of residence on the left. The hospital is on the right opposite Greenbank Park.

By public transport

The hospital is approximately four miles from Liverpool Lime Street Station in the city centre. It is easily accessible by taxi and local bus services.

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.