Arthritis can cause serious damage to any of your joints, including those in your feet and ankles. James Davies, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, offers both foot and ankle joint replacement surgeries to address chronic conditions affecting the feet and ankles. At the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Dr. Davies trained in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace damaged joints to relieve pain and improve mobility. Call the office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today to schedule a consultation for foot and ankle joint replacement or book an appointment online.
Foot and ankle joint replacement surgeries are treatment options for chronic pain conditions that affect your foot and ankle joints.
During an ankle joint replacement, Dr. Davies removes damaged parts of your ankle joint and replaces them with artificial devices made of plastic or metal.
With foot joint replacement surgery, Dr. Davies can remove part or all of the joint in your big toe and replace it with artificial components that act like your natural joint.
Foot or ankle joint replacement surgery is typically a last-resort treatment option for joint damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. These diseases can break down the structure of your joint, leading to chronic pain and inflammation.
You may be a candidate for foot or ankle joint replacement surgery if conservative therapies for persistent foot or ankle pain aren’t working well for you.
Dr. Davies can determine if you’re a candidate for foot or ankle joint replacement after a comprehensive physical exam of your foot and ankle. He can also use on-site X-rays and other diagnostic imaging technologies to evaluate the severity of your joint damage.
During surgery to replace your foot or ankle joint, Dr. Davies accesses your joint through small incisions. He inserts special surgical instruments through the incisions to remove part or all of the damaged joint.
Dr. Davies replaces your natural joint structures with plastic or metal devices that bend and move like your joint. As you heal from joint replacement surgery, you should notice a significant reduction in your pain and an improvement in your joint’s range of motion.
Because the incisions Dr. Davies uses are tiny, you can expect to heal faster than you might with traditional open surgery. You still need some time to heal after surgery and may need to avoid certain activities for a while.
Dr. Davies monitors your progress through follow-up visits. To restore your joint function, he may recommend physical therapy after joint replacement surgery. Your new joint should provide you with more flexibility and protect you from pain over the long term.
Call Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa today to schedule a consultation to discuss foot or ankle joint replacement or book an appointment online.