Replacements, Fusions and Transplants Heal Common and Chronic Injuries
New technologies developed in the last decade have helped ankle surgeons achieve better outcomes for a range of injuries and conditions.
The Mills-Peninsula Orthopedic Ankle Center team now offers total ankle replacement, a procedure that replaces a painful, arthritic joint with metal and plastic implants, similar to knee and hip replacements. Total ankle replacements are typically recommended for people who have advanced ankle arthritis, destroyed joint surfaces, or pain and stiffness that interferes with daily activities. Studies show that ankle replacements can safely and reliably ease pain and maintain mobility in patients. Improved ankle replacement parts made of metal and a smooth plastic material (polyethylene) can relieve the pain of bone rubbing against bone.
“As people get older, they’ve had more time to injure their ankles and joints,” says Todd Kim, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula orthopedic surgeon who has specialized training in both ankle and shoulder repairs.
Over the past 20 years, robotic surgery has advanced and redefined surgery across all specialties. Mills-Peninsula is pleased to announce a cornerstone addition to their suite of surgical services with the installation of the new da Vinci® Si robotic surgery system. The Si system is the latest state-the-art version of the da Vinci®.
While not a robot in the strictest sense, the Si surgery system is a computer-enhanced surgical device that allows a surgeon to view surgeries in high definition 3D while manipulating mechanical arms with micro-instrument tips to perform intricate surgeries with increased stability. Some of the benefits for patients can include a faster recovery, less pain, lower risk of infection and less blood loss and scarring.