The New York Times - Dr. Steven Weinfeld: “Eli Manning Has Surgery on Ankle He Injured in Season Finale”

 – April 10, 2014  –– 

While not nearly as common as surgeries to replace a worn-out hip or knee, ankle replacement is on the rise, with as many 25,000 replacements likely to be performed this year in the United States, according to estimates from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. Like hip and knee replacements, the procedure treats debilitating bone-on-bone arthritis. Until recently, though, the preferred surgical treatment for severely arthritic ankles had been a procedure called ankle fusion, in which rods are inserted into the ankle bones, fusing them and preventing them from grinding together. “Ankle fusion generally eliminates arthritis pain,” said Steven Weinfeld, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, and Chief of Foot and Ankle Service at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, but it also warps how someone moves and can increase stress on knees and other leg joints. Learn more