Ankle Fusion vs STAR™ Ankle Replacement
The Differences between Ankle Fusion and STAR™ Ankle Replacement
The STAR™ Ankle replacement is designed to maintain as much of your ankle’s normal range of motion as possible while relieving your pain. Fusing the ankle hopes to relieve your pain by restricting the ankle’s range of motion.
Pain is common and occurred at similar rates in STAR™ and ankle fusion patients in a two-year study following surgery. There is also a slightly greater chance for reoperation with the STAR™ Ankle based on the results of this two year study. However, providing ankle motion allows you to perform your daily activities with more normal body motion. It is generally believed that providing ankle motion places less stress on your body as a whole.