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Everyday People: Retired state trooper, injured chasing suspect, gets life back 30 years later

The Republican
Springfield, Mass.
May 22, 2015

Lee, Mass. resident Bill Roche is profiled as part of the newspaper’s weekly “Everyday People” series. Roche, a retired state police trooper, shares his story of suffering a severe ankle injury while chasing a suspect in the mid-1980s and the misery he incurred for nearly three decades before receiving an INBONE™ Total Ankle System in 2012. Today, Bill is living an active and pain-free life – walking, golfing and traveling extensively. Armed with a pedometer, Bill has taken more than 4.3 million steps since receiving his new ankle.

The opinions of Bill Roche are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

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.

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.