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Guildford Hospital

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
General Enquiries 01483 555 805

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

At Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital, our expert orthopaedic consultants are some of the most experienced joint replacement surgeons in the south. Since the hospitals recent £8m refurbishment, our lower limb surgeons are able to provide excellent surgical outcomes by utilising our modern and technologically advanced hospital facilities.

To ensure that your stay in hospital is as stress free as possible, our responsive matron-led nursing team are available around the clock to provide consistently high levels of clinical care and patient support.

If you are unsure about the ankle replacement procedure or whether it is right for you, you are welcome to attend one of our free orthopaedic open events. Here you will get to learn more about the surgery itself and its benefits. You will also get the opportunity to meet one of our lower limb specialists and ask any fundamental questions you may have. Alternatively you can arrange a private 1-to-1 consultation.

What happens during an ankle replacement?

  • 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 Guildford 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 Guildford 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 Guildford

  • 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.