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Jeffrey Chapman Thomas, MD
(305) 932-6547
Middleton, WI
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1966

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Ernest A Pellegrino, MD
(608) 252-8000
Middleton, WI
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1964

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Ronald Peter Guiao, MD
(513) 651-0094
Middleton, WI
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1995

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Ryan James Kehoe, MD
Middleton, WI
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 2001

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Anoo Prabhudas Patel, MD
(608) 798-0209
PO Box 628095
Middleton, WI
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1956

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Dr.Bonnie Weigert
(608) 263-6540
6630 University Avenue
Middleton, WI
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F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Ronald Charles Rudy, MD
(608) 252-8000
3912 Sumac Cir
Middleton, WI
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1959

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Clifford King, MD
(608) 821-4000
Middleton, WI
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1989

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Terry Allen Burke, DDS
(608) 831-7799
7433 Elmwood Ave
Middleton, WI
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard W Glad
(608) 824-4800
752 N High Point Rd
Madison, WI
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Orthopedic Surgery

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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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