The surgery is done at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
During the ankle replacement, Dr. Gangwer removes the damaged bone and cartilage. Next, a prosthetic joint made of metal and plastic parts is implanted. Special cement may be used to hold the new joint in place. All of this takes a few hours and often requires just an overnight hospital stay.
Your ankle will be in a cast and splint after surgery for a few weeks to help keep your ankle from moving and allow bone to grow into the metal implants.
You may need to use crutches, a walker or a knee scooter for several weeks to avoid putting weight on your new ankle. You usually begin walking 2-4 weeks after surgery.
“Full recovery can take six months to a year. Once you’re completely healed, you can typically expect to walk and move your ankle with little to no pain,” Dr. Gangwer says.