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Charlene

Charlene and her husband were enjoying retirement. They traveled, had their family over for Sunday dinners and socialized regularly with friends. All of that changed on December 3, 1999 when Charlene fell down the stairs and broke her ankle in three places. Even after surgery and several months of physical therapy Charlene was still in pain. She believed her ankle wasn’t healing properly and made a follow-up appointment with her orthopedist. X-rays revealed she had ankle osteoarthritis. Her doctor suggested an ankle fusion to alleviate her. Charlene decided against undergoing a procedure that would limit her ankle’s range of motion. Despite medications, orthopedic casts and multiple consultations with surgeons, Charlene didn’t experience a single pain-free day for nine years.

Each morning when she put her foot on the floor to get out of bed Charlene experienced mind numbing pain. To walk from her bedroom to her kitchen, or from the car to a restaurant, she relied on crutches and a heavy, cumbersome boot. For longer trips to the mall or to the grocery store she needed a wheelchair. At church she was forced to sit in the back pews because she couldn’t endure the pain that walking to the front caused her. In addition to her limited mobility, Charlene gained twenty pounds.

Frustrated by her inability to live her life and the years of chronic, debilitating pain, Charlene was nearly ready to undergo an ankle fusion. However, because two years passed since her last consultation, she decided to schedule an appointment with Dr. Drew Murphy, hoping there was an alternative to ankle fusion.

After examining her ankle, reviewing her case history and viewing her x-rays, Dr. Murphy suggested Charlene consider the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement. Excited about an option other than an ankle fusion, Charlene brought home the literature to review with her husband. They were both impressed by the INBONE™ technology and the success of other INBONE™ ankle patients.

The INBONE™ Total Ankle is intended to be used to treat patients with ankle joints damaged by severe arthritis or a failed previous ankle surgery. The INBONE™ Total Ankle is intended to give patients limited mobility by reducing pain and restoring movement in the ankle.

After an in-depth discussion, they decided the only thing Charlene had to lose was the pain in her ankle. The next day she scheduled her surgery. Charlene received her INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement on February 19, 2008. The results have been outstanding.

Not everyone is a good candidate for the INBONE™ Total Ankle. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INBONE™ Total Ankle is a good option for you.

The night of Charlene’s surgery she awoke for the first time in nine years without throbbing pain.

Many factors contribute to the length of hospital stay and rehabilitation. These factors include, but are not limited to, your age and health at the time of surgery as well as your surgeon’s determination of the appropriate hospital stay and rehabilitation. Additionally, there are risks associated with ankle replacement surgery such as pain and bruising, damage to blood vessels or nerves, infection, or blood clots that can travel to your heart or lungs. If you experience these complications, your hospital stay may be extended.

Eight weeks post surgery she took her first steps with the assistance of a walking boot. She could hardly believe that she didn’t have any pain. In fact, she had forgotten what it was like to walk from room to room in comfort. Fourteen weeks post surgery she was walking using a small brace, and within five months she was walking without braces, walking casts and most importantly, without pain. Charlene can hardly believe how far she has come in just over six months.

Once you have healed, there is the possibility that the bone surrounding the INBONE™ Total Ankle may lose its ability to support the implant. If this occurs, additional surgery may be required to replace the implant or fuse your ankle. Additionally, it is unknown how long the implant can be expected to perform well once implanted.

Today Charlene walks four to five mornings a week on her treadmill and has lost ten pounds. She and her husband enjoy hosting their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for Sunday dinners. During a recent trip to a family pizzeria she kept up with her great-grandchildren. Once again, Charlene and her husband are planning trips and socializing with friends. This is the retirement life that they envisioned, and now she is healthy enough to enjoy it.


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.