Ankle Replacement is surgery to replace the damaged bone in the ankle joint. Artificial joint parts (prosthetics) are used to replace the bones. Still ankle replacement is not a common procedure and the research is ongoing to improve the results. In India the surgery is done by joint replacement surgeons who have trained in ankle replacement. Ankle replacement is a surgery where in a patient speific implant is put in place of the old ankle.
Healthcare in India is already very low as compare to western counteries. The cost of Unilateral Ankle Replacement in India is approx 9000 - 10,000 USD. Ankle Replacement is a costly procedure due to the patient specific implants. Dr Mukesh Jain is doing Unilateral Ankle Replacement Surgery at 9000 USD and Ankle Fusion at 3000 USD. However the implant for ankle replacement is not always available so ankle fusion is the preferred choice.
Hospitals in North India which specialize in Total Ankle Replacement Surgeries include some of the most prominent hospitals like Aarvy Hospital at Gurgaon, Vardhman Hospital, Muzaffarnagar, Max Hospital in New Delhi, Jaypee Hospital in Greater Noida, Medanta Medicity at Gurgaon, Artemis Health Institute at Gurgaon, Fortis Hospital at Gurgaon. Gurgaon is the Medical Hub in India because of its close proximity to the New Delhi International Airport and also because of the availability of some of the finest doctors across all specialties.
For Ankle Surgeries in India the Best Specialists include Dr Mukesh Jain, Dr Subhash Jangid at Fortis Hospital Gurgaon, Dr Praveen Tittal at Fortis Hospital Gurgaon, Dr IPS Oberoi at Artemis Hospital Gurgaon. Today Ankle Fusion is prefered over Ankle Replacement due to the success rate and non availability of ankle implant over the world. Ankle fusion is a type of surgery to fuse the bones of your ankle into one piece. Itís also known as ankle arthrodesis. The surgery is usually done to treat arthritis in the ankle.
Total Ankle Replacement is considered in patients that experience ankle pain and decreased function from arthritis after trying conservative management. Conservative management includes anti-inflammatory medication, bracing, physical therapy, activity modification and pain medication. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are usually good candidates for the ankle joint replacement. Other patients that should be considered are those that need but do not want a fusion-type procedure that would eliminate the motion at the ankle joint.
Recovery from a total ankle replacement requires a period of non-weightbearing and immobilization. The procedure is usually performed in an inpatient setting, with the patient spending one to several nights in the hospital. Strict elevation for many days after the procedure is necessary to control swelling and improve wound healing. After the surgical wounds are healed, some orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons will allow the patient to start working on gentle range-of-motion activities even if they are non-weightbearing. Weightbearing usually begins a few weeks after surgery if X-rays show good healing.
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