Ankle Replacement: A New Gold Standard for Arthritis

July 19, 2022


Perceived by patients to cause the same extent of impairment as congestive heart failure and end-stage kidney disease, ankle arthritis affects about one percent of the United States population and mostly occurs from post-traumatic ankle injuries.

Although ankle fusion has historically been the gold standard treatment for ankle arthritis, sources who spoke with Healio/Orthopedics Today said the use of total ankle replacement (TAR), or ankle arthroplasty, for this indication has increased in the past decade.

Read the full story on ankle replacement surgery as a treatment for arthritis >

Dr. Lew Schon is the Director of Orthopedic Innovation at The Institute of Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center. He is one of the leading experts in the field of total ankle replacement. Dr. Schon was among those interviewed by Healio/Orthopedics Today.


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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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