A groundbreaking surgery that could bring relief to many people suffering from arthritis pain took place on Wednesday at one local hospital.
In the first-of-its-kind procedure, a doctor performed a total ankle replacement at Trinity West Hospital. Dr. Stephen Conti Orthopedic performed the surgery on a 41-year-old woman who was injured in a car crash.
Ankle replacement surgery is typically for older people who suffer from arthritis, but now fusion and ankle replacements are options for younger people as well. When choosing which surgery to get, the difference between choosing to fuse bones together or replacing them comes down to mobility after surgery.
The only downside to this surgery is that it won't last forever. The patient in this operation will need to get her ankle fixed again in 10 to 15 years. Conti says ankle replacement isn't for everyone, and that it's for a specific set of people.
Conti say recovery time means not putting weight on the foot for about a month. The patient will need a couple months of physical therapy, and after six months, she can spend a whole day on her feet. After a year, things will be back to normal.