As with most surgeries, there are risks inherent in total ankle replacement surgery. These include, but are not limited to, infection, failure of the bones to heal together, blood clots and nerve damage.
Total ankle replacement therapy, which is also known as arthroplasty, is a surgical option for people suffering from arthritis of the ankle and has been available for about 25 years. This operation can help ease pain and restore motion in the affected ankle joint. There are other non-surgical therapies to ease ankle pain, including medication, restricting activities that cause pain, or wearing an ankle brace. If the pain interferes too much with day to day activities, this type of surgery may be the best option.