As one of the highest Total Ankle Replacement volume centers in the Southeast and the highest volume center in the state, MUSC Health Orthopaedics takes an unusual approach to the procedure.

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Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) Center of Excellence

If you have persistent ankle joint pain, stiffness, or lack of mobility, you may be a candidate for total ankle replacement or arthroplasty surgery. Pain and reduced motion in the ankle is most often caused by arthritis from a trauma you experienced at an earlier age, such as a broken ankle, ankle fracture, or sprain.

Like knee replacement surgery, total ankle replacement (TAR) surgery restores ankle motion, increases mobility, decreases pain, and improves a patient’s walk and gait. Recent advances in surgical technology and implants have made TAR the treatment of choice for patients suffering from ankle arthritis who want to continue an active lifestyle.

A surgical team for greater outcomes

As one of the highest TAR volume centers in the Southeast and the highest volume center in the state, MUSC Health offers experience and expertise in the field, along with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists with extensive replacement experience.

MUSC Health orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons at University Hospital in Charleston, Christopher E. Gross, M.D. and Daniel J. Scott, M.D., MBA, work together to perform total ankle replacement surgery. The orthopedic surgeons’ teamwork results in better patient outcomes, allowing quicker, more accurate surgeries.

About Dr. Gross and Dr. Scott

As a team, Dr. Gross and Dr. Scott concentrate on the complex reconstruction of the ankle. Dr. Gross is the director of the MUSC Health Foot and Ankle Division and a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Scott is an associate professor of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine. Together, Dr. Gross and Dr. Scott have developed a multidisciplinary research division that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and improves implant design and long-term patient outcomes.