CBS4 Talking About Total Ankle Replacement
Ankle Replacement Surgery Giving Patients A Leg Up
MIAMI (CBS4) – We’ve all heard of hip, knee and shoulder
replacements, but little has been reported on ankle replacement
surgery. That’s because the process was not perfected. But now there’s a
promising new ankle replacement getting rave reviews from a South
77-year-old Joan Rita never imagined a
horseback riding adventure would leave her reeling in pain two decades
later. “As I was dismounting I got hung up on the stirrup and ended up
shattering my ankle,” she said. Ever since then it has been
A couple of months ago she met Dr. Kyle
Kinmon and learned about a new ankle replacement surgery. “This
particular ankle replacement is intramedullary guided and what that
means is we can put it in precisely every time,” said Kinmon.
special device holds the ankle in place while a guide is drilled
through the heel into the talus up through the tibia to allow for
precise placement of the ankle components.
“We actually remove
the top of the talus which is replaced by this tailor component of the
implant. And tibial components are assembled inside the ankle piece by
piece,” Kinmon added.
Few options have been available until now
because according to Dr. Kinmon past implants were inaccurate and
ineffective. He said this new implant can improve mobility and decrease
or eliminate ankle pain which is usually caused by arthritis resulting
from a fall or car accident.
“Something to that degree can
cause crushing of the bones in the ankle and they will quickly develop
post traumatic arthritis that limits the mobility of the ankle joint
and causes severe pain with any ambulation any activity,” Kinmon
Arthritis created by that horseback riding injury
caught up to Joan, but she says she’s looking forward to new adventures
thanks to her new ankle.
“From the third day after the
surgery on I haven’t had any pain and I haven’t taken any pain pills.
So that’s pretty awesome I think, laughed Rita.
recovery usually takes about six weeks with several more weeks of
physical therapy. The procedure is usually covered by insurance.
Podiatrist Boca Raton – Certifiedfoot.com