Published: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

First ankle replacements at the Golden Jubilee



Continuing to expand their services as a national resource for NHSScotland, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital recently carried out its first ankle replacement procedure.


Total Ankle Arthroplasty (TAA) is the latest step taken by the Golden Jubilee to ensure they are providing the highest possible standard of care for patients and continue to grow as a specialist orthopaedic centre.


Mr Kalpesh Shah, Orthopaedic Consultant for the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, who performed the procedure said: “TAA is a surgical option for patients suffering from arthritis of the ankle. Traditionally, the alternative to this procedure would be an ankle fusion; however this can cause excess stress and arthritis on the surrounding joints over time. TAA, however, offers pain relief and keeps movement in the affected ankle joint.”


Marion Tolhurst, the first patient to receive TAA at the Golden Jubilee, commented on her case, saying: “A couple of years ago I slipped on some cardboard and went down on my ankle, damaging the ligaments running down the front and back of my leg. Over time, the pain continued to get worse and I developed severe arthritis in the joint.”


Marion’s condition was being managed with pain relief, however she was reliant on a walking stick and suffering from increasingly limited movement as the arthritis began to impact upon other areas of her foot.

Marion was keen to explore surgical options for her condition, and after reviewing her case, it was decided that she was an ideal candidate for TAA as this offered the best option for both pain relief and improved mobility.


Marion added: “Truth be told, while I was delighted they decided to go ahead with the ankle replacement, I was absolutely terrified; but the team here are incredible and it wasn’t long before they had me laughing instead of crying. Everyone on the team, from Mr Shah to the nurses that took care of me, went above and beyond to make sure they were there for me at every step of the way.


“There is a chance in a few years I may need to have the same procedure on my other ankle, and I would have absolutely no fear or hesitation about getting it done: I can’t say enough positive things about the team at the Golden Jubilee.”


Mr Shah said: “The operation went extremely well. While obviously we don’t have the same long-term track record that we do with hip or knee replacements, shorter-term studies we have carried out on TAA look very promising, and this is definitely something we will be working towards providing for even more patients moving forward.”


Director of Operations for the Golden Jubilee, June Rogers added: “Year on year we have experienced more demand for our orthopaedic services. By expanding our specialty to include ankle surgery, we are ensuring that this treatment is available to even more patients across Scotland.


“TAA is a huge step forward for the Golden Jubilee, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the highest standard of care possible for our patients within treatment time guarantees.”


The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is one of the busiest orthopaedic centres in Europe, and by 2015 will be accommodating more than 25% of all hip and knee replacements in Scotland.


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