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Greg Folsom, MD
Kansas City, KS
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Erik Michael Wetter, MD
Kansas City, KS
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 2003

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Dr.Kim Templeton
(913) 588-6100
3901 Rainbow Blvd # Ms3045
Kansas City, KS
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: Kumed
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Michael D Sander, MD
Kansas City, KS
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 2000

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James Edward Foster, MD
(913) 588-5588
3901 Rainbow Blvd MS 4003,
Kansas City, KS
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.Sean Jackson
(913) 588-6100
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Edward Toby
(913) 588-6800
3901 Rainbow Blvd # Ms3045
Kansas City, KS
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M
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Gary Deaver Boston, MD
(913) 682-2040
2620 N 55th St
Kansas City, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1974

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Zachary D Post, MD
(816) 404-5404
2301 Holmes Ortho Surgery
Kansas City, MO
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Victor Warren Wilson, MD
(913) 588-7590
39th and Rainbow Blvd,
Kansas City, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 2001

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Artificial Joint Replacement of the Ankle

A Patient's Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Ankle

Introduction

Surgery to replace the ankle joint with an artificial joint (called ankle arthroplasty) is becoming more common. This surgery is not done as often as replacement of the knee or hip joints. Still, when necessary, this operation can reduce the pain from arthritis of the ankle. Recent advances in the design of the artificial ankle and changes in the way the operation is performed have made artificial ankle replacement a growing alternative to ankle fusion for the treatment of ankle arthritis.

This guide will help you understand

  • why artificial ankle replacement becomes necessary
  • what happens during surgery
  • what to expect after treatment

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Ankle

Anatomy

How does the ankle joint work?

The ankle joint is made up of three bones: the lower end of the tibia (shinbone), the fibula (the small bone of the lower leg), and the talus, the bone that fits into the socket formed by the tibia and fibula. The talus sits on top of the calcaneus (the heelbone). The talus moves mainly in one direction. It works like a hinge to allow your foot to move up and down.

Ligaments on both sides of the ankle joint help hold the bones together. Many tendons cross the ankle to move the ankle and the toes. (Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect muscle to bone.) The large Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle is the most powerful tendon in the foot. It connects the calf muscles to the heelbone and gives the foot the power for walking, running, and jumping.

Inside the joint, the bones are covered with a slick material called articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that allows the bones to move smoothly against one another in the joints of the body. The cartilage lining is about one-quarter of an inch thick in most joints that carry body weight, such as the ankle, hip, or knee. It is soft enough to allow for shock absorption but tough enough to last a lifetime, as long as it is not injured.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Ankle Anatomy

Rationale

What does the surgeon hope to accomplish?

The symptoms of osteoarthritis of the ankle are pain and reduced movement in the ankle joint. The pain is typically aching in nature and can make walking difficult. Certain movements may cause a grinding or catching sensation as the arthritic bone surfaces move against one another. The ankle joint may swell. This swelling is worse after heavy use at first, but as the problem grows worse the ankle may stay swollen all the time. Bone spurs, or outgrowths, may form around the edges of the joint and can also be a source of pain and swelling. The benefit of an artificial joint is to ease the symptoms of ankle osteoarthritis and provide you with a mobile joint.

Preparation

What should I do to prepare for surgery?

The decision to proceed with surgery s...

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