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Arthritic Ankle? You Can Get A New One

by Jerry Carino
USA Today
March 14, 2017

Marilyn Utz has lived with arthritis for years which led to her needing both knees and a shoulder replaced. In 2014, Marilyn’s right ankle began to feel like her knee and shoulder joints pre-surgery, but she powered through the pain with an ankle brace and painkiller injections. Marilyn’s ankle degenerated to bone-on-bone and impacted her active lifestyle. She was unable to walk, garden or fish, and going to the beach was unbearable. She began to rely on pain medication just to get through the day, but she didn’t like the way medication made her feel.

Marilyn knew surgery was the next step. She went to Dr. Eugene Batelli of Metropolitan Ankle & Foot Care in Totowa, New Jersey. He suggested an INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement. Marilyn decided to get the ankle replacement surgery and in May of 2016 she was fitted with her INFINITY™ Total Ankle. She spent three days in the hospital and six weeks in a cast, then a boot. Physical therapy helped Marilyn achieve great range of motion. Walking helped get her strength back when she was allowed to put weight on her ankle.

Marilyn is now back to swimming and working at her part time job in the cafeteria of a local elementary school. She wants to use her story to educate others about the total ankle replacement surgery.

“I don’t even know I don’t have my own ankle,” said Marilyn. “I’ve had both knees replaced and they’re good, but in the back of your mind, you know they’re not your knees. With this ankle, I don’t even think about it.”

The opinions of Marilyn Utz and Dr. Batelli are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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Are you a candidate for total ankle replacement?

by Kathie Corso
WPLG-TV (ABC, Miami)
February 10, 2017

Dr. Steven Steinlauf of Orthopaedic Associates of South Broward County strongly recommends ankle replacement as an option for patients with age and injury-related ankle issues. Vast improvements in implant technology have led to better ankle functionality. Dr. Steinlauf points out that many people know about knee or hip replacement but they should also know about the option of total ankle replacement.

Patient Bella Berler is now pain free after her March 2016 surgery, when she received a total ankle replacement with the INFINITY™ Total Ankle System implanted into her right ankle. “I feel good, I feel 98-99%.”

The opinions of Bella Berler and Dr. Steven Steinlauf are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

<em>Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.</em>

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Joint replacement surgery is option for many in Coweta

by Maggie Bowers
The Newnan Times-Herald
February 1, 2017

In 2010, Kay Patton was at home doing yard work in preparation for a large storm when she fell from a ladder and shattered her ankle. Kay went to see Dr. Sharrona Williams of Ortho Atlanta in Newnan, Georgia, who rebuilt her ankle using bone grafts and screws. Although Kay’s ankle healed with time, she began to experience severe post-trauma arthritis.

Kay had a second surgery one year later to remove the plates and screws, but she continued to experience so much pain that she had trouble walking. Dr. Williams recommended Kay consider receiving the INBONE™ Total Ankle System, explaining patients are likely to recover fully with a full range of motion in the joint, though the road to complete recovery can be difficult. Wanting her life back, Kay decided to have the procedure done.

Dr. Williams explained that the ideal candidate for joint replacement is someone 65 or older who does not smoke, is not overweight, has no deformities and does not perform a laborious job. She notes that the surgery also can and has been performed on much younger patients. By sharing her story, Kay hopes to help someone suffering from ankle pain who does not know total ankle replacement could be an option for them. Thanks to the surgery, she can once again participate in all of the activities she loves, including walking, swimming, gardening and cooking.

The opinions of Kay Patton and Dr. Sharrona Williams are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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Ramsey Woman Gets New Ankle, Lease on Life

by Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Mahwah-Ramsey Daily Voice
January 25, 2017

Marilyn Utz was in pain 24/7 from her arthritic ankle and it was getting worse. She became nervous when the weather produced snow and ice, and she dreaded using the stairs. The 69 year-old Ramsey, NJ resident finally determined that living in pain was no life at all and she went to Totowa based physician, Dr. Eugene Batelli.

Dr. Batelli discovered that more than 80% of Marilyn’s ankle was arthritic and recommended she replace her ankle. Batelli explained that, “the advent of these newer implants is allowing people to do what they want to do and return to their active lifestyle.” After three years of suffering, Marilyn scheduled her surgery at the Hackensack Medical Center.

Marilyn is now back to her favorite activities including fishing, gardening and swimming. She said, “A lot of people when they get older, they give up. Not me. I ain’t giving up yet, you have to keep going.” Marilyn frequently recommends the ankle-replacement surgery to her friends who are suffering and “feel like their wings are clipped.”

The opinions of Marilyn Utz and Dr. Batelli are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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Ankle replacement can relieve pain, restore mobility

by Jennifer Leslie
WXIA-TV (NBC, Washington DC)
December 28th, 2016

Kay Patton lived an active lifestyle until she fell from a ladder while doing yard work at her home and shattered her ankle. After the injury, she started seeing Dr. Sharrona Williams of Ortho Atlanta in Stockbridge, and the doctor rebuilt her ankle using bone grafts and screws.

Despite having a rebuilt ankle, Kay was still in pain, and Dr. Williams recommended Kay consider receiving the INBONE™ Total Ankle System. She explained that the goal of an ankle replacement is to preserve the functional motion in the patient’s ankle while ridding the patient of pain, and the implant is size-matched to the patient’s existing ankle according to their CT scan,

Kay decided to have the procedure done. She wanted to continue to live the active lifestyle she loved and not worry about her ankle anymore, and new technology such as the INBONE Total Ankle System have vastly improved outcomes for patients.

Kay was a candidate for a total ankle replacement, however, not all patients are. If a person is obese, has vascular issues or does hard labor, they might not be a candidate. By sharing her story, Kay hopes to help someone who is suffering from ankle pain and does not know total ankle replacement could be an option for them.

The opinions of Kay Patton and Dr. Sharrona Williams are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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Mrs. Claus receives a new ankle in time for Christmas 2016

by Staff
Yorktown Crier & Poquoson Post
December 22, 2016

Mrs. Claus suffered from pain and discomfort in her right ankle due to arthritis that began to interfere with her Christmas duties. This past fall Mrs. Claus contacted Dr. Matthew A. Hopson, a foot and ankle surgeon at TPMG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Newport News.

Dr. Hopson found that Mrs. Claus had almost worn out her ankle. He recommended that she receive a total ankle replacement “TAR.” A 3 dimensional CT scan of Mrs. Claus’s ankle was done with the Wright Medical Prophecy Imaging system to design the patient specific INFINITY™ pre-operative navigation alignment guides.

In late September Mrs. Claus underwent her ankle replacement surgery. Three months later she is walking unassisted, “doing stairs” and helping Santa prepare for Christmas. She attends bi-weekly therapy sessions and credits her fast recovery to Dr. Hopson’s skill and great staff.

The opinions of Mrs. Claus are hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

 

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Monday at the FOX 11 Field House: Nov. 28, 2016

Fox 11 Greenbay
November 28, 2016

Dr. Jason DeVries recommends a total ankle replacement for patients who are suffering from debilitating, end-stage arthritis in their ankle and can no longer tolerate the pain.

A patient typically spends the day of the surgery and one night afterward in the hospital.

As Dr. DeVries explains, the patient will not be able to put any pressure on their ankle for two to four weeks after the procedure. After that time, they will begin physical therapy and walking with a supportive boot ankle.

Following an ankle replacement and the appropriate recovery time, a patient should experience pain relief and the ability to walk around freely as well as return to participating in the activities they enjoy.

The opinions of Dr. Jason DeVries are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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La Plata woman regains active life with new ankle

by Darwin Weigel
Maryland Independent
October 14, 2016

Karen Navarro of La Plata, Maryland, suffered from increasing pain in her right ankle for more than 20 years, which eventually kept her from her favorite outdoor activities such as softball, attending car shows and working in her yard. Exhausted from the pain, she went to see her primary care doctor, who referred her to Dr. Steven Neufeld of The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

Dr. Neufeld recommended a total ankle replacement and replaced Karen’s right ankle on Oct. 14, 2015, with the INFINITY® Total Ankle System. The procedure has allowed Karen to get back to enjoying the outdoors and going to the gym regularly. She is also looking forward to an active retirement at the end of 2016. From Dr. Neufeld’s experience with Karen and other patients, he believes the surgery is life-changing and gives patients the opportunity to live without foot and ankle pain.

The opinions of Dr. Neufeld and Karen Navarro are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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Falls Church Doctor Pioneers Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

by Matthew Delaney
Falls Church News-Press
October 13, 2016

Dr. Steven Neufeld of Falls Church, Virginia, has helped bring total ankle replacements to the forefront of medical procedures, pioneering the program in the INOVA Health System. The surgery provides his patients with a pain-free ankle and full range of motion, allowing them to get back to the activities they love.

To see the benefits of total ankle replacement you have to look no further than Dr. Neufeld’s patient Karen Navarro, who spent years playing softball and had suffered from ankle pain ever since she sprained it at the age of 25. Now 54, Karen reached her breaking point when she could no longer perform everyday tasks. Upon meeting with Dr. Neufeld and learning total ankle replacement was an option, she immediately scheduled an appointment to have her ankle replaced with the INFINITY® Total Ankle System. The procedure was a success and returned her ankle to its pain-free state. She now goes to the gym regularly and is back to enjoying the outdoors and trips with her fiancé.

The opinions of Dr. Neufeld and Karen Navarro are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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Ankle Replacement

by Melanie Lawson
News 4 JAX
July 1, 2016

Real estate agent Lynette Parsons has suffered from ankle pain and arthritis since age 14. After being in pain for decades, walking with a cane and dreading stormy weather that made her ankle hurt even more, she wanted to find a solution. Lynette began interviewing a span of doctors in as far as Europe to explore her options until she met Dr. Jason Piraino of UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla. and learned that ankle replacement was her best option.

As a real estate agent, Lynette didn’t want her job to suffer, and with a total ankle replacement, her work didn’t skip a beat. Dr. Piraino explained that doctors take a CT or CAT scan, send the results to the manufacturer and the patient specific guides are created. He said the technology has greatly improved in the last 10 years. In fact, Lynette hardly missed work after the procedure and has been living pain-free ever since.

The opinions of Dr. Jason Piraino and Lynette Parsons are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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