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Frequently, Wright's total ankle implants and the doctors who use them, or patients who benefit from them, are featured in different media outlets. We invite you to read more:


Ankle Replacement Surgery Helps Durham Patients

WTVD-TV
Raleigh, N.C.
February 12, 2015

Dr. Selene Parekh and his patient Nancy Bryson were featured in a story on total ankle replacements. Dr. Parekh noted that ankle replacements are performed for the same reasons as knee and hip replacements: to help restore motion in those suffering from end-stage arthritis or a severe trauma. Prior to her procedure, Bryson was unable to walk moderate distances, however after receiving the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement, she is now participating in activities that she loves.

The opinions of Dr. Parekh and Nancy Bryson are theirs alone and does 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.


Ankle replacement remedies severe arthritis

Bryan Health
Lincoln, Neb.
February 09, 2015

This article, posted by a local healthcare system in Lincoln, Neb., explains the benefits of total ankle replacement compared to ankle fusions and notes that 16,000 ankle replacements were performed in 2014, a number that is expected to increase. Dr. Joshua Vest discusses the improvement in technology, including how the PROPHECY™ INBONE™ Preoperative Navigation Guides have enabled surgeons to create a patient specific plan based on a patient’s anatomy through a CT scan conducted before surgery. Dwight Johnsen, who was implanted with the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement by Dr. Vest, notes that he is pain-free for the first time in many years and is “110 percent satisfied.”

The opinions of Dr. Vest and Dwight Johnsen 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.


Artificial Ankle Gave Me My Job (and Life) Back

The Pennsylvania Fireman
Lititz, Pa.
January 2015

Firefighter and Northampton, Pa. resident Deven Knoll provides a firsthand account of the many years he suffered with ankle pain, the effect it had on his life and career, and his experience undergoing a total ankle replacement. Deven’s passion in life was his job as a firefighter, however after nearly 30 years of dealing with increasingly severe ankle pain, it became too difficult to continue and he was almost forced into early retirement.

A few months before doing so, Deven met with Dr. Jason Piraino, who was then at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and learned that he was an ideal candidate for the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement. Having the surgery in 2011 not only allowed Deven to live his life pain-free, but also to continue the job he loves. He is currently a Lieutenant in the Bethlehem, Pa. fire department.

The opinion of Deven Knoll is his alone and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

These results are specific to this 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.


New replacement being used to combat ankle arthritis

KTVI-TV
St. Louis, MO
January 22, 2015

Dr. Gary Schmidt from Schimdt Foot and Ankle was a guest on the A.M. Show to discuss total ankle replacements. He touches on the struggles of first-generation implants and notes the improvement in technology in newer systems. He also provides clarity on expected life expectancy of the implants. Components of the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement were visible during the interview and Dr. Schmidt described how PROPHECY™ Preoperative Navigation Guides have enabled surgeons to create a customized plan based on a patient’s unique anatomy through a CT scan conducted before surgery.

The opinions of Dr. Schmidt 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.


Local Doc Does Ankle Replacement

WTAJ-TV (CBS)
Altoona, PA
January 21, 2015

This story on total ankle replacements features local resident Bill Walter, who was moments away from being implanted with the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement, and his surgeon, Dr. Adam Budny from Blair Orthopedics in Altoona, Pa. Bill is a construction worker and elected to have his ankle replaced rather than fused. Dr. Budny described how the PROPHECY™ Preoperative Navigation Guides provide a 3-D picture of what he’ll need to do in the operating room through a CT scan conducted before surgery. The story includes video of the surgery and components of the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement.

The opinions of Bill Walter and Dr. Budny are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

These results are specific to this 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.


Mary Blake discusses her ankle replacement

The Courier-Journal
Louisville, KY
January 12, 2015

Mary Blake, a Louisville-area resident, is interviewed for a video feature by the Courier-Journal about her total ankle replacement. Her ankle problems began as a result of a bicycle accident and the resulting damage robbed her of mobility and function in a matter of just a few years. When her orthopedic surgeon gave her three treatment options, two of them – shots to inject fluid into the ankle joint and ankle fusion – were immediately rejected. Mary chose the third option and was implanted with the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement. Today, Mary lives a normal life without pain or disability.

These results are specific to this 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.


Ankle replacement the right step for some patients

The Berkshire Eagle
Pittsfield, Mass.
January 09, 2015

Lee, Mass. resident Bill Roche is featured in a story on the growing number of people who have undergone a total ankle replacement. Bill, who lived with severe ankle pain for decades, bottomed out a few years ago when he couldn’t walk more than 50 feet without assistance. Today, he is pain-free and spent the summer of 2014 on an Alaskan vacation that never would have been possible before his new ankle.

Also included in the story is Bill’s physician, Dr. Thomas McDonald at New England Orthopedic Surgeons in Springfield, Mass. Dr. McDonald provides an overview on the evolution of ankle replacements, touches on the downside of ankle fusions and summarizes the ideal patient.

These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight, and prior activity level. The opinions of Dr. McDonald and Bill Roche are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.


A Long-Lasting Fix
Ankle replacement offers relief for patients when other treatments fail

The Daily Journal
Vineland, N.J.
September 01, 2014

Dr. Richard Jay of Reconstructive Orthopedics in Vineland, N.J. and his patient Sue Lively were featured in a story about total ankle replacements as an option for people with severe ankle issues. Dr. Jay discussed the ideal candidate for a total ankle replacement and the benefits of having the procedure. Sue touched on her experience receiving the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement, as well as the recovery process and how the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement enabled her to reclaim her active lifestyle.

These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight, and prior activity level. The opinions of Dr. Jay and Sue Lively are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.


New Ankle Replacement Gets Patient Back On Feet

WKYC-TV
Cleveland, Ohio
July 28, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Sharpe of Orthopedic Associates of Lake County and his patient Kathleen DeFranco were featured in a story on the growing popularity of total ankle replacements. Dr. Sharpe discussed the intricacies of the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement and Kathleen elaborated on how her new ankle enabled her to re-engage pain-free in everyday activities – such as shopping or walking the dog – which she was previously forced to abandon.

The opinions of Dr. Brown and Bettye Dube are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical. These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight, and prior activity level.

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3D Printer Makes Parts for Ankle Replacement Surgery

KSAT-TV, San Antonio, TX
June 30, 2014

Dr. Marvin Brown of the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group and his patient Bettye Dube were featured in a story on the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement. Dr. Brown describes the components of the implant and how artificial ankles have improved over the years. Bettye discussed the accident that she had on vacation that lead to her surgery and her positive outcome after undergoing the procedure.

PROPHECY™ INBONE™ is the first and only Pre-operative Navigation system available for Total Ankle Replacement. The system combines computer imaging and the patient’s own CT scan to develop a patient-specific pre-operative plan. “3D Printing” is utilized to produce instrument guides for each individual patient, to aid the surgeon in positioning of the INBONE™ implants.

The opinions of Dr. Brown and Bettye Dube are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical. These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight, and prior activity level.

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