Bionic Ankles to Fight Arthritis and Aging
ankle replacement surgery for athletes and seniors with arthritis who are tired of limping.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
Reporter: Greg Gurule
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Baby boomers, athletes and seniors struggling with arthritis have heard of bionic replacement knees and hips, and you can add replacement ankles to that list now. Many have struggled to move around on arthritic ankles for their daily activities but a growing number of people are asking a doctor to replace what "hurts" them.
Dr. Geoffrey Landis of the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute says the standard procedure used to be to fuse ankles in place, but technology allows doctors put replace bad joints with bionic ankles now. He says people suffering from arthritis and other serious ankle injuries no longer have to rely on crutches, canes and scooters to get around for their daily activities and are freed up to enjoy their lives.
Dr. Landis said the cost of ankle replacement surgery is generally covered by insurance plans. People who get replacement ankles often continue to play sports like tennis and golf, however distance running is discouraged because of the excess wear it puts on the replacement ankle.