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Total Ankle Replacement is Option for Some Patients with Chronic Pain
SEATTLE – (April 25, 2018) — Virginia Mason now provides total ankle replacement, a special orthopedic surgery that can be an appropriate treatment for older adults with ankle arthritis or chronic pain that has interrupted their active lifestyles.
“Millions of people suffer from ankle pain,” said Alvin Ngan, DPM, Virginia Mason Orthopedics. “It can be debilitating to the point that they withdraw from activities and spend their time sitting on the couch, instead of staying active with family and friends. This is especially true for older Americans who have arthritis in their ankle that causes frequent pain.”
Total ankle replacement is similar to hip and knee replacements – patients receive a new ankle joint made of precisely engineered components that replace the old ankle joint. Expected benefits from the surgery include reduction or elimination of ankle pain and improved ankle function.
The surgery is typically performed without the need for an overnight stay in the hospital, meaning patients usually go home the same day to start their recovery. Patients should expect a period of limited weight-bearing initially, followed by a gradual return to daily activity as their ankle heals. Most patients will have physical therapy after the procedure to help regain mobility.
Virginia Mason’s board-certified foot and ankle surgeons are trained in advanced reconstructive techniques and are ready to help patients get back on their feet. Individuals who are not candidates for total ankle replacement may be offered other procedures to relieve ankle pain.
For more information, watch a video interview with Dr. Ngan.
About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency.
Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950.
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