Local surgeon performs highly advanced ankle replacement
Dr. Khalid Shirzad is the only surgeon in Spokane performing the unique procedure
SPOKANE, Wash. (October 2013) – Khalid Shirzad, M.D., foot, ankle and sports medicine surgeon at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, is the only surgeon in the region performing highly advanced total ankle replacement surgeries.
“As a new option for patients suffering from ankle arthritis, total ankle replacement provides several benefits over other surgical ankle treatment methods, including quicker recovery times, full mobility and range of motion following surgery and outpatient surgery capabilities,” Dr. Shirzad says.
During total ankle replacement, both sides of the ankle are removed and replaced with specially designed artificial prostheses, made of plastic, titanium, and cobalt chromium alloy. These prostheses allow the ankle joint to regain strength and mobility, while significantly reducing pain.
For 57-year-old Spokane resident John Jenkins, several sprained ankles sustained during athletics as a child and young adult resulted in severe ankle arthritis, causing extreme pain and instability within his ankle joint and preventing him from walking his typical 2-hour route with his golden retriever every day.
“I tried to continue walking, but my condition had worsened to the point that even the slightest uneven surface could cause an additional sprain,” Jenkins says. “Eventually, I couldn’t walk 1-2 blocks without experiencing extreme pain.”
An ankle fusion would have left Jenkins with limited ankle movement, but the successful ankle replacement, performed by Dr. Shirzad, has allowed him to continue his active lifestyle. He’s returned to walking an hour each day, golfing and playing with his young grandson.
Committed to providing exceptional specialty bone, joint and muscle care through 27 highly trained doctors, Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists has remained the leader in orthopaedic care in the Pacific Northwest for more than 50 years. The doctors and staff of Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists pride themselves on continuously delivering compassionate, individualized care to each and every patient for the treatment of back and neck, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle, sports medicine, joint replacement and revision, interventional pain management and trauma and fracture care. For more information on Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and its doctors, visit www.nworthopaedicspecialists.com, “like” Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists on Facebook or follow @NWOrthopaedics on Twitter.