Ankle replacement is an operation to remove the diseased and damaged parts of the ankle and replace them with an artificial joint.
At Spire Parkway private hospital in Solihull, Birmingham, West Midlands, we have a number of foot and ankle specialists who offer total ankle replacement surgery. These orthopaedic specialists will be able to advise you on ankle replacement costs and any foot or ankle scans that may be required.
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.
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At Spire Parkway we have a number of foot and ankle specialists who offer private ankle replacement procedures at our private hospital in Solihull, Birmingham.
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.
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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.
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.
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From M42 junction 5
Take the Solihull bypass (A41). Continue through the first set of traffic lights and turn right at the second set of lights into Yew Tree Lane, leading to Damson Parkway. The hospital is 200 yards along on the left hand side.
From A45 Coventry
Continue towards Birmingham until you reach the Holiday Inn on the right. At the traffic lights turn left signposted ‘Damson Wood’. Continue to the first roundabout and take the first exit. This is Damson Parkway - continue for a little under a mile and the hospital is on the right hand side.
From A45 Birmingham
Continue straight along until you reach the Holiday Inn on the left hand side. At the junction before the Holiday Inn, turn right signposted ‘Damson Wood’. Continue through to the first roundabout and take the first exit. This is Damson Parkway - continue for a little under a mile and the hospital is on the right hand side.
Spire Parkway Hospital is near to both Birmingham International and Solihull train stations. Both stations are within a ten minute taxi journey of the hospital.
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1 Damson Parkway,
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.
Spire Parkway Hospital is situated a few miles south of Birmingham city centre in Solihull with easy access to the M42, M6, M40 and M5.
We're just a few miles from Birmingham International Airport.
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