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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:


New ankle restores Tulsan’s active life

by Chris Dodder
Tulsa Today
March 29, 2016

Chris Dodder of Tulsa, Okla. first experienced ankle pain when he tore ligaments while playing soccer on worn out AstroTurf at the University of Tulsa in 1989. Dodder recalls, “If I stepped on a carpet wrong my ankle would roll. I never knew when I’d injure my ankle again.” After suffering from decades of pain and failed attempts to fully relieve his pain he reached his breaking point during a trip to Disney World. The 44 year old could barely keep up with his children due to the constant pain.

Through a connection with an old fraternity brother Dodder met Dr. Wesley Stotler at Tulsa Bone & Joint who introduced the idea of total ankle replacement with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System. Ten days later Dr. Stotler replaced his left ankle with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System. Chris was able to return to work and was thankful for his fraternity brother’s connection.

Chris is amazed by the progress he’s made at this point and for the new perspective. Before the surgery he worried about the pain associated with doing certain tasks, including coaching his children’s sports teams. Now, the pain that once held him back, is hardly a consideration.

The opinions of Dr. Stotler and Chris Dodder 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.

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Making Pain-Free Strides: Fall River doctor to offer ankle replacement surgery

by Deborah Allard
The Herald News
March 28, 2016

Fall River, Mass. native, Ron Lagasse, began experiencing ankle pain in both feet after the age of 50, to the extent that he dreaded taking the trash barrels down the slope of his driveway each week. Both feet began to tilt inward due to foot problems that he was likely born with, and he was diagnosed with end-stage arthritis in both ankles. His primary care physician referred him to Dr. Stephen Rogers of the Foot and Ankle Institute of New England, and he was told about the INBONE Total Ankle System.

Dr. Rogers explained that Ron’s other options would have been leg braces, ankle fusion or a life of pain, so Ron elected for ankle replacement in both feet; the right in March of 2014 and the left in February 2015. After both procedures, he was off of the foot for six weeks to let the incision heal, went to physical therapy and went back to work part-time shortly after physical therapy began. He was back to work full-time only four months after the surgery.

Dr. Rogers was trained in performing this type of replacement surgery and practices at multiple locations in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Lagasse is back to a life living without pain and can hike and go to the beach without a second thought.

The opinions of Dr. Rogers and Ron Lagasse 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.

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Total Ankle Replacement: Back on My Feet (with a fly-fishing reel in my hand)

by Raymond Babineau
The Health Journal
March 2016

In this first person narrative, Ray Babineau discusses how he had the unfortunate luck of breaking his ankle three times before the age of 18. While he was able to have it reset and not bother him for years, this was the catalyst to a tremendous amount of ankle pain and issues that returned nearly 50 years later.

As the pain began to flare up again, Ray sought out various medical remedies and began cutting back on his favorite active lifestyle activities, like playing golf, and was forced to start walking with a cane. When the pain relievers, cortisone injections, and cane were not enough, Ray went to see an orthopedic physician who told him that his only option was to undergo an ankle fusion. Having researched this option, Ray knew that this procedure, and this physician, were not for him. He was then recommended to Dr. Matthew Hopson at TPMG Orthopedics in Newport News, who told Ray about total ankle replacement procedures.

Ray felt secure given Dr. Hopson’s knowledge and experience with the INFINITY Total Ankle System by Wright Medical. He received his new ankle last winter and a short 10 weeks after his procedure, he was able to start playing golf again with zero pain.

The opinions of Dr. Hopson and Raymond Babineau 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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New ankle joint helps former OSU football player walk pain-free

WKRC-TV (News 12, Cincinatti)
March 9, 2016

Former Buckeye, Ken Seilkop, lived with crippling ankle pain after playing football for Ohio State under Woody Hayes. Ken still holds season tickets to the football games at Ohio, and he could barely walk from the car to the stadium and back. Furthermore, he took three Advil to walk to the stadium and three to walk back.

When Ken met Dr. John Linz of Mercy Health at Wellington Orthopedics, he was just hoping to walk without favoring his ankle for a little bit. The Wright Medical team was able to create a PROPHECY Preoperative Navigation guide for Ken. After surgery and brief rehab, he can now walk completely without pain, and it is more than he ever expected.

The opinions of Dr. Linz and Ken Seilkop 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.

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Total Ankle Replacement for Arthritis Pain? Salem Doc Says Yes

Portland Business Journal
February 11, 2016

Salem orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kelly McCormick has been performing ankle replacements for three years, and while people may not be familiar with the procedure, he says the procedure is fairly common. Dr. McCormick’s patient Mary Davis first damaged her ankle during a basketball game in high school nearly 50 years ago that resulted in several years of pain, torn ligaments and sprains. A surgery to repair the torn tendons and ligaments provided her some relief, but the pain reappeared around age 50. Mary tried to deal with the pain by taping the ankle to keep it secure, but over time the pain became too much and she went to see Dr. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick gave her the option of an ankle fusion or total ankle replacement. To test out the options, he provided Mary with a boot that simulated the mobility of a fused ankle, and after an hour of wearing it, she decided that a total ankle replacement would be the best choice for her.

Mary received the INBONE™ Total Ankle System replacement from Dr. McCormick at Hope Orthopedics in October 2013, and after four weeks of recovery and six weeks of physical therapy, Mary was back on her feet, pain free.

The opinions of Dr. McCormick and Mary Davis 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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Corbin native performing state-of-the-art ankle replacement surgery

by Trent Knuckles
The Corbin News Journal
February 03, 2016

Scott Quillen, a 55-year-old retired Air Force Master Sergeant, was ready to have his right leg amputated from the knee down due to excruciating ankle pain that had been developing from a motorcycle accident several years ago. Since the accident, he had undergone surgical treatment, cortisone shots and taken pain medication, but nothing seemed to help.

Dr. Collin Ball, a podiatric surgeon with KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates, felt Quillen qualified as a good candidate for the INBONE™ Total Ankle System procedure. Dr. Ball explains how the procedure and INBONE™ Total Ankle System work, and finds it to be one of the top-of-the-line replacements. He explains how the device is being refined and upgraded, patient recovery time is a lot quicker, it preserves range of motion, and it allows a patient to continue to do most of their daily activities.

Since the surgery, Quillen sees receiving the INBONE™ Total Ankle System as a blessing. Pre-surgery he dreaded getting out of bed, and now he is back to doing everything he loved to do, including walking 5k’s on the treadmill three times a week.

The opinions of Dr. Ball and Scott Quillen 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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Segment: Ankle Replacement

by Nancy Benson
Radio Health Journal
January 10, 2016

Dr. Simon Lee from Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopedics in Chicago, Ill., discusses the evolution of total ankle replacements, and their recent increase in popularity as the technology and design has advanced, due in part to the evolution and from lessons learned from other joint replacement procedures like the knee and hip. He explains how ankle arthritis, mostly as a result of an injury, is extremely painful and one of the main reasons for patients to look to ankle replacement as a form of pain relief while retaining foot mobility. The previous standard of care included ankle fusion which greatly limits a patient’s mobility and can result in pain or arthritis developing in other parts of the body, such as the back.

Dr. Lee’s patient, Robert Corwin, was experiencing increasing ankle pain and was at the point that it was almost impossible to walk. Mr. Corwin explains that as an active judo instructor in Yorkville, Ill, having the ankle replacement surgery was the best option for him as it eliminated the pain, but also allowed him to keep his mobility and flexibility.

As patients go into recovery after the procedure, Dr. Lee outlines the time frame of being able to move the ankle within the first 6-8 week in physical therapy, and are about 3-4 months away from fully weight bearing and being able to do their routine actives.

The opinions of Dr. Lee 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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Grandma’s Ankle Replacement Helps Her Return to the Court

KGW-TV (NBC, Portland)
December 03, 2015

Mary Davis injured her ankle while playing basketball in high school and it was never the same. It wasn’t treated properly, and years later, Mary’s ankle deteriorated to the point where she couldn’t participate in activities with her grandchildren due to the pain.Dr. Kelly McCormick of Hope Orthopedics in Salem, Ore., recommended the INBONE™ Total Ankle System, and now Mary can play basketball with her grandchildren and get back on the tennis courts that she loves with no pain. Dr. McCormick explains that ankle replacements have improved based on key learnings from knee and hip replacements over the years, and although it is a very complex procedure, it has enabled Mary to live a life without pain.

The opinions of Dr. McCormick and Mary Davis 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.


From the community: Foot and Ankle Reconstruction Returns Skier to the Slopes

Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2015

Aspiring skiing Olympian, Cathy Smithers, sustained multiple fractures to the tibia and fibula of her right leg before the age of 19 and forcing her to cease participating in the sport altogether or risk injury and never being able to walk again.

Cathy tried to keep a positive attitude after having to stop skiing and began working with special needs children—but she continued to experience pain in her ankle that progressively got worse as she got older. Smithers consulted with multiple doctors until she scheduled an appointment with Dr. Steven Haddad of IBJI in Glenview, Ill. Dr. Haddad rebuilt her foot and performed a total ankle replacement. Smithers is now able to return to the slopes 50 years later and ski with her grandchildren.

The opinions of Dr. Haddad and Cathy Smithers 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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Getting Back on Their Feet

The Health Journal
November 13, 2015

Williamsburg, Virginia residents Elaine Evans and Vivian Stull share their personal stories of living with long-standing ankle pain. Sixty-nine year old Elaine received a steroid injection in her ankle which led to decades of deterioration. Vivian struggled to do even the simplest tasks like grocery shopping due to her severe genetic arthritis. Both consulted several physicians who discussed ankle fusion as a method to end their long-term, nagging ankle pain. Neither was thrilled with this option given the limited mobility that would result. They thought they were out of options until consulting Dr. Matthew Hopson, an ankle specialist at TPMG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Tidewater Orthopaedics. Dr. Hopson determined that both women were candidates for total ankle replacement procedures.After receiving their total ankle replacements, Elaine and Vivian are both now living pain-free and are able to reassume their active lifestyles. The opinions of Dr. Hopson, Elaine Evans and Vivian Stull are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to these particular individuals 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. Please consult your doctor to discuss whether surgery is right for you.