Ankle Replacement Patient Stories

Is Ankle Replacement
Worth It?

Hear from patients who have had ankle replacement surgery.

We know that ankle replacement surgery is a major decision. You may be reading and thinking a lot about it. You may be asking yourself if this kind of surgery is worth it, or if it is your only option. Your doctor may suggest other ways to manage your ankle arthritis. These may include:

  • Direct heat
  • Lifestyle changes such as weight loss or exercise
  • Over-the-counter medicines for pain and swelling
  • Prescription medicines
  • Injections (shots)
  • Physical therapy

When these treatments no longer help you, it may be time to consider ankle replacement surgery, like these patients did.

Exactech Ankle Replacement Women walking her dog outside

Patient Stories

Kathy Vantage Ankle Patient Story

Proud grandmother Kathy Driver had been struggling with ankle pain for years after a fall nearly 30 years ago. A total ankle replacement helped get her back on her feet and playing with her grandkids again.

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With any surgery, there are potential risks, and results will vary depending on the patient. Joint replacement surgery is not for everyone. Check with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery. Your physician will consider the risks and benefits associated with this procedure, as well as individual factors such as the cause of your condition, your age, height, weight and activity level.


The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only and is not providing medical advice. This information is not intended to replace the expert guidance of your orthopaedic surgeon. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to your orthopaedic surgeon. Decisions concerning patient care and treatment should be made solely by your physician(s). With any surgery, there are potential risks and results will vary depending on the patient.