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Bradley T Poole
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael Ferguson Cassidy, DDS
(785) 233-0582
2301 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David Edward Thurston, MD FACS
5120 SW Redbud Ln
Topeka, KS
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kansas
Graduation Year: 1955

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Peter S Lepse
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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John H Gilbert
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael L Smith
(785) 357-0307
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Sergio Delgado, MD
(785) 357-0352
631 SW Horne St Ste 410
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1962

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Joseph Edward Mumford, MD
(785) 357-0301
909 SW Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp & Med Ctr, Topeka, Ks; Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas Ortohpedic & Sports

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Dr.John Gilbert
(785) 357-0301
909 Southwest Mulvane Street
Topeka, KS
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M
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Brett Edward Wallace, MD
(785) 357-0301
909 SW Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas Ortohpedic & Sports

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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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