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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Foot and Ankle

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Ankle replacement

This procedure involves replacing the worn out surfaces of the joints with replacement highly polished surfaces. A spacer made from a high molecular weight polyethylene is then placed between these two surfaces.

Unlike the fusion procedure, after this operation it is recommended that you do not do heavy manual work or sporting activities. In addition, 86 percent of ankle replacements only survive a ten-year period.

It is important that you discuss the implications of this procedure with your consultant.