Ankle Replacement or Ankle Fusion. Which to Choose?
Our answer is: Neither! Many people who are told that they need to have an ankle fusion or an ankle replacement, likely don't need one as the next procedure. This is because biologic therapies have improved to the point where injections of growth factors and lubrication or biologic ankle repair provide significant relief for many people with severe ankle arthritis. Our BioAnkle program surgically repairs arthritic ankles without any hardware or implants and helps our patients delay–or completely avoid–more drastic, invasive surgeries such as Ankle Fusion or Ankle Replacement.
Recommended Reading on Ankle Cartilage Repair
- Avoid a chronically unstable ankle with a BioAnkle® procedure by Kevin R. Stone, MD
- Fusion: The Failure of Science by Kevin R. Stone, MD
- Ankle Replacement or Ankle Fusion. Which to Choose? an interview with Kevin R. Stone, MD