Fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon Gary J. Schmidt, M.D., of Orthopedic Associates, is the state’s leading provider for total ankle replacement. An advanced alternative to ankle fusion surgery, total ankle replacement spares mobility of the ankle joint while relieving the symptoms of severe ankle arthritis. Dr. Schmidt has extensive experience performing this procedure and uses the state-of-the-art INBONE Total Ankle System for optimal outcomes. Patients who would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schmidt in St. Louis at 1050 Old Des Peres Road, Suite 100, are encouraged to call (314) 714-3145 or request an appointment online at www.oastl.com.
Intended for patients with degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis, total ankle replacement allows for improved mobility and better comfort for active patients compared to an ankle fusion procedure. During a total ankle replacement procedure, Dr. Schmidt removes affected bone and replaces it with specially designed INBONE metal and plastic components based on a patient’s unique anatomy to create stability within the joint. This allows the ankle joint to regain strength and mobility while significantly reducing patients’ pain.
“This surgical option for patients suffering from debilitating ankle arthritis provides several benefits over other treatment methods, including quicker recovery times and significantly improved mobility and range of motion following surgery,” Dr. Schmidt says. “The components and technology of this procedure are a true innovation. Using the comprehensive INBONE system, total ankle replacement is a very reliable procedure, resulting in successful, lasting outcomes.”