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Ankle Replacement

If you’ve damaged your ankle in an accident, or have arthritis that’s causing you pain and making moving difficult, an ankle replacement might be for you. This is an operation where the damaged areas of your ankle are replaced with artificial implants.

What is an ankle replacement?

An ankle replacement involves replacing damaged areas of the ankle with artificial implants. The implants are covered in a bioactive coating that promotes natural bone growth in the joint. The operation will take about 90 minutes, and you’ll be under general anaesthetic. After the surgery, you’ll need to stay in hospital for two nights and your ankle will be held still in a cast.

Post-op

Following your operation, you will need to avoid putting any weight on your new ankle, so you will be given crutches to use. Over the next six weeks, you’ll follow a physiotherapy programme, where you will gradually put more and more weight on your ankle.

After 4-6 weeks, your cast will be removed, depending on how quick you’re recovering, and you should be back to your normal routine after 6 months, although full  rehab will take about one year.


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Paying for yourself?
If you’re paying for your own treatment, you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. Simply refer yourself* and book an appointment by calling our team on 020 7806 4044  or email us at footandanklespecialists@hje.org.uk .

Using health insurance?
If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa, Aviva), contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment. In most cases, you will also need a referral letter from your GP. If you’re not registered with a GP, you can use our in-house private GP practice.

*Please note – for tests and scans such as X-rays, MRIs and blood tests, a referral will be needed. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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