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Ankle Arthroplasty

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Patient’s admitting health challenge was a revision of a left ankle replacement which is also known as a total ankle arthroplasty. The procedure involved revising the previous procedure and installing a new prosthesis in its place in order to closely imitate natural ankle movement as well as resolving the source of chronic pain at its source (Lewis et al, 2014). The ankle replacement was largely required do to rheumatoid arthritis, a concurrent health challenge that effects small joints at first but can eventually effect ankle joints (Lewis et al, 2014). Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is both chronic and systemic. It is characterized by inflammation of the connective tissue in the synovial joints as the autoimmune theory suggests …show more content…

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  • Explains that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is both chronic and systemic.
  • Explains that rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease with extra-articular manifestations such as peripheral neuropathy and lacrimal and salivary gland secretion. diabetes mellitus type ii is another health challenge.

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis aside from pharmacological intervention include surgery, due to more progressive forms of rheumatoid arthritis that lead to contractures as a result of severe joint destruction (Lewis et al, 2014). The severe joint destruction is what impacted the patient to have an ankle replacement and because it is a systemic disease, she may also need one on her right ankle as well. Diabetes Mellitus Type II is another health challenge that can have a significant impact on patient’s health challenge. Type 2 DM is a result of insulin resistance due to a defect in insulin receptors that stimulates the compensatory mechanism related to insulin production in the pancreas, to be increased. This ultimately causes a defect in the beta cells in the pancreas that create insulin due to the cells becoming fatigued due to increase demand. This eventually leads to decreased insulin production that does not meet the bodies; it manifests as hyperglycemia and consequently, the diagnosis of diabetes (Lewis et al,

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