Mercy Is First In Region To Perform Total Ankle Replacement

Mercy Is First In Region To Perform Total Ankle Replacement

Posted on: November 12, 2008

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center is the first hospital in a five-county area to offer total ankle replacement surgery, an innovative procedure that can help qualified patients with advanced ankle arthritis regain more natural ankle movement.

Much like a total knee replacement, this surgery involves implanting a device designed to replicate the ankle’s normal range of motion. Those who may benefit most from ankle replacement surgery include individuals with damaged ankles from rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis or a severe injury.

Daniel A. Charlick, M.D., board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at Omni Orthopaedics in Canton, specializes in foot and ankle surgery and performed the ground-breaking procedure at Mercy this past Monday.

He said, "Until now, ankle fusion has been the standard surgery for severe ankle arthritis. But, with new technical advances, we are now able to replace the ankle joint and maintain its motion, allowing patients to walk more normally. The goal is to relieve ankle arthritis pain and try to prevent arthritis from developing in the joints around the ankle."

According to Tom Cecconi, president and CEO, Mercy’s ability to offer this surgery to Stark and surrounding counties is another example of the hospital’s commitment to health care leadership.

"The Mercy Surgery Center offers a comprehensive array of surgical equipment and systems, making innovative surgeries like the total ankle replacement possible," he said. "It’s very exciting to be part of bringing new technology to this area and seeing people’s lives changed because of it. That’s what Mercy’s mission is all about."

Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton and Plain Township. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see

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