Ankle Replacement Surgery

It can be hard to go about your daily life when ankle pain is a constant companion. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), you have access to some of the latest treatments, including total ankle replacement.

What is ankle replacement surgery?

Your ankle is made up of three bones along with cartilage and connective tissue. In addition to helping you move your feet, this joint keeps you stable while standing, running, and jumping.

During ankle replacement surgery, we remove damaged bone and cartilage and replace it with medical-grade metal and plastic. This complex procedure requires a level of surgical expertise you’ll only find in top programs such as AHN.

Ankle replacement surgery at AHN: Why choose us?

Even if the pain is with you 24/7, experts at AHN help you find lasting relief. Our team includes nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeons who are dedicated to treating foot and ankle problems. We perform ankle replacement surgery with a high degree of precision, giving you the some of the best chances for good results. Get more information about our Foot and Ankle Division.

Our complete approach to care includes helping you make a safe transition back to your everyday activities. Our physical therapists have deep expertise in helping people recover from joint replacement surgery. We also offer many services, including strength training, to lower your risk for future ankle problems. Read more about sports performance services.

Conditions we treat with ankle replacement surgery

Conditions that may require ankle replacement surgery include:

  • Arthritis
  • Complications from a bone infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Bone cancer
  • Bone diseases such as osteonecrosis, which causes permanent damage to bone tissue
  • Some forms of orthopaedic trauma, including shattered bones

Ankle replacement surgery: What to expect

The most common reason for ankle replacement surgery is to relieve pain that does not respond to other treatments. Find out more about how we care for foot and ankle pain.

If you are considering ankle replacement surgery, here’s what to expect:

  • Evaluation: We start with a complete evaluation that includes a physical examination and imaging tests. Our goal is to pinpoint the damage and determine if it’s severe enough for joint replacement surgery. Learn more about orthopaedic diagnosis.
  • Nonsurgical treatments: Sometimes, treatments such as a customized brace or injections to relieve pain may help you avoid the need for joint replacement surgery. Read more about orthopaedic and sports injury treatments.
  • Joint replacement surgery: If ankle replacement surgery is right for you, we remove the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial joint.
  • Recovery: In the first weeks after surgery, you’ll need to limit your activities as you heal. We teach you how to get around safely and transition back to everyday activities when the time is right. Learn more about orthopaedic physical therapy.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN Orthopaedic services.