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Cheltenham Hospital

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246552 01242 246501 (fax)
Main Reception 01242 246500
Enquiries, Treatments & Prices 01242 246552
Physiotherapy 03450454845
Radiology 01242 246 502

Why choose Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital for your ankle replacement surgery?

At Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital, our orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons specialise in ankle replacement surgery and can help you get back to your feet with ankle replacement surgery. Our orthopaedic surgeons will provide you with a detailed treatment plan which is unique to you and the severity of your ankle injury.

To maintain our consistently high level of primary care, all of our consultants are provided with the full support of our matron-led nursing team who pride themselves on their attentive patient support.

As an ankle replacement patient in Cheltenham, you may be required to stay overnight in hospital in one of our private patient rooms. All of our patient rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, widescreen TV's, modern decor and unlimited wireless internet connectivity to maximise your comfort and entertainment whilst admitted.

If you are unsure whether ankle replacement surgery is right for you, you are more than welcome to attend one of our free orthopaedic open events. Here you will get the opportunity to meet one of our foot and ankle specialists, learn more about the procedure and ask any questions you may have.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital

If you are considering ankle replacement surgery you will need to have a private consultation before proceeding with any treatment. Call our dedicated hospital enquiry team in Cheltenham today on 01242 246 552, or fill out a contact form and we will find you an appointment time that works for you.

Please remember to tell the enquiry handler if you have had any tests or scans and their may be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging needed.

What happens during ankle replacement surgery in Cheltenham?

  • Ankle replacement is usually performed under general anaesthetic
  • During your operation your surgeon will replace the worn out or damaged surfaces of your ankle joint with components made of metal, ceramic or plastic
  • These components have a coating that promotes bone growth meaning the prosthesis will naturally bond with the remaining bone in your joint
  • Once the components are in place your surgeon will close the surgical wound with stitches or staples.

Ankle arthroscopy surgery at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital

Sometimes an ankle Injury may not be as severe and can be treated by key hole surgery. During an ankle arthroscopy, your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your ankle. They will insert a tiny camera through one of the incisions to examine any problems in the area.

They will insert other instruments to wash out any loose material caused by wear and tear of the joint surfaces and remove any bone spurs or swelling of the lining of your ankle joint. They may be able to make small repairs to torn cartilage through the small incisions.

After your ankle replacement surgery at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital

  • When your operation is over, you’ll be taken to the recovery room where you will wake from the anaesthetic
  • Your wound, blood pressure and pulse will be checked carefully
  • Your leg may be in a cast
  • Be sure to let our nurses know if you are in any pain
  • You may have a small tube coming out of your wound, this is to drain away any excess fluid from the inside of the wound
  • You may also have a drip (infusion) going into your arm. This will keep you hydrated until you are able to drink, and it can also be used to give you pain relief
  • When you are stable and comfortable, a nurse will take you back to your room.

Back in your en suite room

  • You may spend two to five nights in hospital
  • Your leg may be elevated for most of your stay
  • Our physiotherapists will visit you to help you get mobile and teach you how to move around with a walker or crutches
  • You will not be able to bear weight on your foot for up to 12 weeks.

Going home after your ankle replacement surgery at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital

  • You will not be allowed to drive until released by your surgeon. Please arrange for someone to drive you home from hospital and check in on your your first days home
  • After 10 - 14 days you will need to come back to have your stitches or staples removed. Your cast will be removed and replaced by a lighter weight cast
  • You will need to continue non weight bearing walking and standing for at least six weeks. Partial weight bearing may be encouraged after six weeks
  • You may work with a physiotherapist once weight bearing is allowed
  • Your range of motion and mobility will steadily increase but it may take several months to recover from ankle replacement.

Most patients make a good recovery from ankle replacement. Any surgical procedure can result in complications:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Nerve injury
  • Difficulty passing urine.

Specific complications of ankle replacement:

  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Slow healing of wound
  • Fracture
  • Failure of replacement
  • Continued discomfort.