Dr. Danielle Baruch is an experienced, Board Certified dermatologist, providing comprehensive care for patients in the Baltimore region.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy offers a top rated team of surgeons, dedicated to advanced treatments of common and complex foot and ankle disorders.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Innovative Ankle Replacement Surgery
Benefits of Total Ankle Replacement
The surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore are experts at performing total ankle replacement, or ankle arthroplasty. Our foot and ankle surgeons are rated among the best in the Mid-Atlantic region for innovative treatment options for ankle arthritis.
Total ankle replacement, or ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure during which the sides of the ankle joint are replaced. The results of ankle replacement are good and the outcome of ankle replacement from a functional standpoint is better than that of arthrodesis. In an ankle arthrodesis, the joint is fused or glued together, limiting the up and down movement. An ankle replacement allows a more normal "function".
The main advantage of a total ankle replacement is the return of some freedom of movement in the ankle. This movement is important for simple activities such as bending, walking, exercise and climbing. Full movement of the ankle joint is never regained even with total ankle replacement, but the movement that is present is far preferable to the lack of movement in the fused ankle.
A good candidate for total ankle replacement, or ankle arthroplasty, is someone who:
Some activity is always ideal and it does not mean patients with an ankle replacement have to be sedentary. Patients can walk, hike, climb, ride a bicycle and, in some circumstances, even ski after an ankle replacement.
Patients who are not good candidates for an ankle replacement have:
The activities that are not ideal involve repetitive pounding of the ankle like running or a job that includes heavy labor.
One of the goals of a total ankle replacement is to improve the movement of the joint (called range of motion). Interestingly, the more movement of the ankle there is before the joint replacement surgery, the more will exist later. If a patient has no motion or very poor motion of the ankle before surgery, our foot and ankle surgeons can improve this, but not nearly as much.
Our surgeons have extensive experience with total ankle replacement. They will take the time to sit with you and discuss your expectations, as well as explain whether or not you are a good candidate for this surgery.
Our doctors currently use the most state-of-the-art, FDA-approved ankle replacement implants available. The surgery will be performed in our private operating rooms with foot and ankle sub-specialty trained nurses and staff to give you the highest quality care possible.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy also offers dedicated, on-site physical therapists and orthotists to provide you with comprehensive care for all of your needs following your ankle surgery.
Tina, a nurse and fitness instructor, had life-changing ankle replacement surgery with Dr. Lew Schon to relieve ankle pain due to osteoarthritis.
The top rated team of doctors and surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is recognized as one of the region’s best programs for foot and ankle reconstruction and injury. Our surgeons offer pioneering surgical care and innovative, one-of-a-kind treatment for foot and ankle conditions, including osteoarthritis, sprained ankle, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, flat feet, heel pain, foot and ankle trauma, nerve problems and problems of the big toe. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
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Dr. John Campbell treats routine and complex foot and ankle disorders, including osteoarthritis, sprained ankle and Achilles tendinitis, as well as total ankle replacement.
Nurses tend to know doctors and this nurse knew just the right doctor to call when she ran into serious trouble with her foot.