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Total Ankle Replacement

Getting you back on your feet – one step at a time

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Total Ankle Replacement

Getting you back on your feet – one step at a time

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It’s time to get back to what you love. Ask your physician if joint replacement surgery is right for you.

How Does Your Ankle Work?

Your ankle is made up of a variety of bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage that connect at the junction of your leg and foot. The joint works like a hinge and is responsible for moving your foot up and down.

The tibia (shinbone), talus (lower part of the ankle joint) and fibula (smaller bone in the lower leg) are the bones that construct the ankle joint. Your ligaments border these bones on either side, holding them together to provide stability. Meanwhile the tendons connect the muscles to the bone and are responsible for the ankle and toe movements.

Covering your bones is a smooth substance called cartilage, which acts as a cushion to reduce the friction between your bones as they move. If your cartilage wears down, arthritis can develop and cause loss of motion and pain.

What Is Ankle Replacement?

Ankle replacement has been around for more than 30 years, however it didn’t gain popularity until the 1990’s when the technology and instrumentation became more sophisticated.8

Today, an increasing number of patients in the U.S. undergo this surgery to help them regain motion and reduce pain.1

Unlike an ankle fusion, an ankle replacement removes the diseased portions of the bone and replaces them with metal and high medical quality plastic components. This allows patients to retain more of their natural anatomy and movement while reducing pain.2-8

Total Ankle Replacement Procedure

Patients will undergo anesthesia or a nerve block and can expect to be in the operating room between two and three hours. The surgeon will make an incision either at the front or the side of the ankle, depending on the type of implant. The diseased portions of the bones are removed and the metal and plastic implant components are placed accordingly. Once the implant is properly aligned, the wound is sealed and a splint is applied.

Exactech Vantage® Total Ankle

Getting you back on your feet – one step at a time

The Exactech Vantage® Total Ankle was created by a team of engineers and global surgeon leaders who are passionate about getting patients back to what they love.

Exactech Vantage® Total Ankle Features

  • Shape

    The Vantage Ankle is designed with the latest advances in total ankle research to mimic the patient’s ankle shape and support natural movement.9 The base (tibia) of the implant has a curved shape to better match the patient’s anatomy, which is different from historical designs that used a trapezoidal shape.

  • Designed to Respect Your Natural Anatomy

    Your ankle moves in complex ways. Ligaments, tendons and bones all seamlessly work together to create fluid movement. The Vantage Total Ankle was designed to cater to your natural motion and keep as much of your natural bone as possible.

    The talar dome’s (see photo) wave-like shape is designed to mimic the ankle’s natural anatomy. The Vantage Ankle can help you get back to what you love –one step at a time.

The base (tibia) of the implant curved shape

The talar dome’s wave-like shape

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s time to get back to what you love. Ask your physician if joint replacement surgery is right for you.

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