S.T.A.R.® Ankle Replacement is FDA Approved

3-part design of the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement STARThe Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement, commonly known as S.T.A.R.®, has been FDA approved for use in the United States since 2009. It has been widely used in Europe for 25 years with over 17,000 placements. STAR is the only available total ankle replacement design in the US to have a “mobile bearing design”. This three part design incorporates a plastic component that is not fixed to the two metal components and is able to move between the two metal pieces. This limits shear stresses at the bony interfaces and decreases loosening and breakdown.

S.T.A.R.® Ankle Replacement Surgery vs. Ankle Fusion

Foot and Ankle showing placement of the STAR ankle replacement device In STAR ankle replacement surgery, the advanced instrumentation used during implantation requires less bone resection without the need for fusion of the leg bones and offers a quicker return to weight-bearing activities when compared to other ankle joint replacement designs.

In order for the STAR Ankle Replacement to offer this exclusive mobile bearing design in the United States, it has undergone extensive FDA testing. Its long term survival rate has been shown to be 90% at 10 years and has been shown to be superior to ankle fusion in a head to head comparison.

The STAR® Ankle Replacement Surgeons

STAR ankle replacement surgeons are among a small group physicians who have obtain advanced specialized training with the device.  Dr. Michael R. Black is part of an elite group of STAR ankle replacement surgeons selected by Small Bone Innovations to be trained and certified in the STAR surgical technique. The surgery is available through Dr. Black at the Florida Center for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction.

Is the STAR Total Ankle Replacement Surgery the right choice for you?

Make an appointment with Dr. Black today to discuss your options.

STAR® Patient Brochure

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Position Statement on Total Ankle Replacement Surgery