Ankle Replacement vs. Fusion with Dr. Slater

  • By Emma Berrington
  • 21 Sep, 2016

Ankle Replacement

ankle replacement fusion

The goal of TAA (Total Ankle Replacement) is to improve ankle motion, so the patient has less pain during activity. TAA is considered in patients that experience ankle pain and decreased function from arthritis after trying conservative management. Other patients that should be considered are those that need but do not want a fusion-type procedure that would eliminate some of the motion at the ankle joint. When the motion of the ankle is preserved in a TAA, the surrounding joints are protected from increased wear. This helps preserve the surrounding joints from arthritis.

An ankle replacement can correct up to a 15-degree varus or valgus at the ankle joint. Beyond this degree of deformity, there can be problems with the nature and magnitude of forces through the plastic spacer.

Ankle Fusion

ankle fusion x-ray
Ankle fusion is also commonly known as Arthrodesis. The goal of ankle arthrodesis is to relieve pain and maintain or improve function for a patient with ankle arthritis. Ankle arthritis is degeneration of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones that form the ankle joint. These bones are the tibia, the fibula, and the talus.

The goal of ankle arthrodesis is to take the ankle bones and fuse them into one bone. This eliminates some of the range of motion and reduces pain from the arthritic joint. Patients may be candidates for ankle arthrodesis if they have severe ankle arthritis and more conservative treatments have failed. There are no limitations to the degree of deformity that can be corrected by an ankle fusion.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group, we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non-operative techniques in the first instance or, when necessary, provide joint-preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks. However, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of a disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision, so we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr. Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group, our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

Categories: Ankle , Dr. Slater , Education , Foot , Injuries , Joints , Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery , Treatment

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Ankle fractures in some situations can be treated with minimally invasive techniques, In particular fractures with small amounts of displacement can be managed this way. This often will allow the added benefit of earlier weight bearing.

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017
An important component of bunion management is to tape the great toe down and out. That means toward the floor and away from the direction of deformity. 
By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Fusions of the foot and ankle are done for a number of reasons such as rheumatoid arthritis, injuries and flat feet just to name a few.

Fusion's can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. This can be applied to all types of different fusions

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Minimally Invasive surgery is exactly what it says, less invasive! This means your length of hospital stay and recovery time is reduced.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is secured using mini high-tech screws. These are introduced over guide wires under a low dose pulse X-ray control.

By 100000207901 26 Jul, 2017

Severe foot deformities can be cause by congenital, environmental factors, sustained from injury and invasive surgery. These deformities can cause pain that can alter one’s daily routine.

Even in cases where there has been very invasive surgery minimally invasive surgery can be used to alleviate pain.

By 100000207901 20 Jul, 2017

Flat foot is described as a foot that’s arch is lower than what is considered usual

A foot that collapses later in life maybe due to tibialis posterior dysfunction.

These cases are more common in women, resulting in a foot that becomes flat and painful
By 100000207901 20 Jul, 2017

A Lisfranc injury also known as a Lisfranc fracture is one where there is an injury to the Joints in the arch of your foot. It is one of the most misdiagnosed injuries.

Stabilisation or primary fusion are surgical options. I prefer to stabilise with a bridging plate which spares the joints. The bridging plates are then removed later.
By 100000207901 14 Jul, 2017

Dr Gordon Slater orthopaedic surgeon specialising in foot and ankle surgery, Sydney

By 100000207901 18 Apr, 2017

After minimally invasive surgery the bones will be realigned held in place with specialised screws. Overtime the bones will remodel as they heal.

  At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 


By 100000207901 13 Apr, 2017

Immediately after surgery your foot will have a post op bunion dressing as shown. The bandage should stay for 10 to 14 days after this a slimmer dressing is applied. The surgery is a day case with immediate weight bearing following.

 

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 



 


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