Total Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement has become an increasingly utilized orthopedic procedure for patients with advanced ankle arthritis. Patients who have suffered with significant pain and decreased mobility gain relief and experience renewed mobility in their lives. Patient testimonials have been enthusiastic and research has shown reliable improvements in outcome and patient satisfaction scores following total ankle replacement. The Center’s own research studies have supported these findings.

Total ankle replacement is a technically demanding procedure. Research supports and emphasizes that this current success is attributed to improved surgical techniques used by properly trained experts in orthopedic foot and ankle surgery. Selection of an advanced orthopedic surgeon for this procedure is crucial to obtaining the best possible result.

The Total Ankle Replacement program at The Center was established in 2010 under the leadership of Dr. Lundeen. The program requires advanced surgical training in the use of the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR®) device, which is the implant of choice for The Center’s program. Used initially in Europe and approved in the US in 2009, the STAR® device has over 30 years of proven reliability in treating patients with severe ankle arthritis. Research shows a 92% survivorship (prosthesis life) at 10 years. Its technical design as a “mobile bearing” device gives it the distinction of most closely matching the natural design and movement of the ankle joint. As of October 2014, the STAR® device is the only such (mobile bearing) ankle implant approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As of April 2016, Dr. Lundeen has performed over 100 total ankle replacement surgeries and has presented The Center’s research study results at international orthopedic conferences. He has also been nominated for an honorary award of distinction for two separate studies (2014 and 2015) involving total ankle replacement research.