When you have problems with your ankles that have not been fixed with conservative treatments, ankle surgery may be your best option. Dr. Allyson B. Fried, of Culver City, Los Angeles, California, is an experienced podiatrist and ankle surgeon who is highly qualified to perform and follow up on your ankle surgery. If you would like to see if you’re a candidate for surgical ankle repair with Dr. Fried, call or book an appointment online today.
Ankle surgery is an invasive, surgical treatment to correct a number of problems that cause ankle pain. The ankle is made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. When damage occurs to any part of this joint it may cause significant pain and problems with your mobility. This damage may need to be treated surgically for relief of your pain.
Some causes for ankle pain may be:
These causes for pain may be relieved with conservative treatment. However, if your pain continues or does not respond well to these options, ankle surgery may be your best option.
Depending on the cause for your ankle pain, you may require different types of procedures to repair the ankle joint. After a thorough exam and a series of diagnostic studies, Dr. Fried suggests the surgery that may be the most effective for relieving your pain.
The types of ankle surgery that are most often performed are:
Minimally invasive, arthroscopy uses small incisions and a scope to repair torn tendons, fix damaged cartilage, and remove bone spurs.
Using screws and plates, fusion permanently fuses the bones that make up the ankle joint, usually to relieve the pain of arthritis.
When damage to the joint is extensive, a replacement procedure removes the natural, damaged joint and replaces it with a joint made of artificial materials.
The goal of ankle surgery is to relieve pain caused by your damaged joint. Dr. Fried discusses your options and which procedure will potentially give you the best hope for a full recovery.
Before your procedure, Dr. Fried will consult with you and help you plan for the amount of time it will take to recover from your ankle surgery.
Recovery from ankle surgery is specific to each person and to each procedure. For most procedures, you will need to:
Dr. Fried and her team give excellent care before, during, and after your ankle surgery in order to get you back to your full mobility with as little pain as possible.
If you would like to discuss your need for ankle surgery with Dr. Fried, call or book your appointment online today.