Our multidisciplinary teams are dedicated to providing the best care for patients with ankle arthritis. Inova has some of the nation’s top foot and ankle surgeons: all are fellowship trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction, board-certified, and held to the highest standards.
Meet our surgeons
Ankle Replacement Support Team
In addition to its the surgeons, your care team consists of primary care providers, nurses, physician assistants and physical therapists who help educate, prepare and care for the patient before and after their surgery. Anesthesiologists specialty trained in nerve blocks and regional anesthesia help with pre and post-surgical pain.
Before Your Surgery
Patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital:
Patients attend a pre-surgery “joint education” class taught by our Total Ankle Replacement program nurses and coordinators and will have an opportunity to meet the physical therapists and social workers that will help them get around after their operation and recover comfortably at their home or at a rehabilitation facility.
Patients at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital:
If your surgery will be at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, you will be scheduled for a pre-op clinic day by your nurse navigator.
What Is Total Ankle Arthroplasty (TAA)?
A total ankle arthroplasty (replacement) is a surgical procedure performed by foot and ankle surgeons to treat end-stage ankle arthritis. It involves resurfacing the end of the tibia (shin bone) and the talus (lower bone of the ankle) with metal components and placing a plastic piece in between them. A total knee and hip replacement similarly has two metal pieces with a plastic piece in between.