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Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

“INFINITY™ Ankle has so surpassed by expectation, because I can not only walk, I can do lots of things that I never dreamed I’d be able to do again.”

Chuck Baird

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

At the age of 75, Melbourne Beach, Florida resident Chuck, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle. In the past, he played squash and tennis, and liked to hike, jog, and bike. However, as Chuck aged he developed osteoarthritis, which was exacerbated by many twisted ankles. He suffered many injuries to his right ankle which eventually resulted in the cartilage completely wearing away and the joint becoming bone-on-bone. Over the past five years, his pain was so severe that he was nearly unable to walk.

Hoping for an answer, he turned to a previous doctor for a recommendation and was directed to Dr. Wade at Vero Orthopedics & Neurology in Vero Beach, Florida. After undergoing x-rays, Dr. Wade told Chuck that he would be a candidate for an ankle replacement with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System.

The INBONE™ Total Ankle System 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 System is intended to give patients limited mobility by reducing pain and restoring movement in the ankle.

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

On September 20, 2016, Chuck was implanted with his new right ankle. After spending two days in the hospital and then a week of rest, he began using a knee scooter to get around. Chuck did not experience much pain after the surgery, and only took one pain pill.

For the first two and a half months of recovery, he received physical therapy in his home. After three months, he began to put weight on his ankle while using a walker. He travelled to the physical therapist for the next six months and by February 2017, he was able to walk unassisted.

“Now that it’s healed, I cannot even tell the difference between one ankle and the other,” Chuck said. “It’s perfect.”

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 shoulder 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.

Since being able to walk on his foot, Chuck can once again take part in his normal daily activities, such as long rides with his biking club. He is looking forward to having his mobility back and being able to travel to New York City and Scotland with his wife. Four weeks ago, he even hiked eight miles on the Florida Trail.

“I would just say go for it,” Chuck said. “To me, it’s a miracle. I am very appreciative of Dr. Wade for steering me to ankle replacement. I’m grateful she could make it happen.”

Debbie D.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Debbie D. is a 66-year-old United States Air Force veteran near Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she enjoys working part time as a physical therapy assistant. As a veteran, Debbie had always led an active lifestyle and continues to be active throughout her post-military career. As a PT assistant, Debbie is required to be on her feet and provide her patients with physical support during their rehabilitation. Unfortunately, a lingering sports injury, stemming from a fall in 1986 while she was playing basketball, resulted in an ankle fracture making her career and active lifestyle incredibly difficult to keep up with.

Once Debbie’s ankle healed, she would resume her active lifestyle until eventually the ankle joint became arthritic, causing her extreme pain and discomfort. Debbie visited several doctors, all of whom encouraged her to take pain killers and other medications to help with the pain, but suggested no other options to help with her long-term pain management. At this point, Debbie could barely even walk down the block without being in excruciating pain, making her life incredibly difficult.

After moving to Colorado, Debbie had another fall, which resulted in a tibia fracture that was stubborn to heal as well. Before visiting her physician, Dr. McVay, Debbie felt as if she was out of options and was left to struggle in pain for the rest of her life. Luckily, Dr. McVay worked to craft a plan for Debbie to have a total ankle replacement (TAR), a decision Debbie hasn’t regretted for a single moment.

“Dr. McVay listened to my concerns and felt that I was a really good candidate for an ankle replacement, so I told him I was ready to move forward with it,” said Debbie. “I needed to be able to get back to my active lifestyle and knew that this was my best option to accomplish that.”

In May 2016, Dr. McVay replaced Debbie’s right ankle with the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical.

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

Since receiving her new ankle, Debbie has been able to get back to her busy lifestyle without pain. Debbie is now going to the gym, where she enjoys walking on the treadmill and using the elliptical to maintain her physical fitness. Debbie and her husband spend their winters in Arizona and she is looking forward to keeping up her active lifestyle year-round in the warmer weather.

“I was barely able to walk before my TAR,” Debbie said. “Being able to go back to enjoying physical activity has greatly improved my life, happiness and health.”

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

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.

Johnny B.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Johnny has lived an extremely active lifestyle as a marine mechanic, a drummer and an avid motorcyclist. Born and raised in the Bahamas, Johnny has spent most of his time outside and on the water. For years he would suffer through sprained ankles and ankle injuries, but as he got older his ankle began to deteriorate further. He developed arthritis and a bone spur in his right ankle and eventually his ankle’s cartilage was worn down and his joint became bone on bone.

Tired of the pain, Johnny sought answers and ended up getting ankle injections that didn’t do much to alleviate his discomfort. In 2005, Johnny went to Dr. Steven Steinlauf of the Orthopaedic Associates of South Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Steinlauf suggested Johnny wait a few more years before getting anything done surgically because he knew that ankle replacement technology was improving. Johnny decided to wait and he continued to deal with the pain of his deteriorating ankle. Ten years passed and Johnny was relying on Ibuprofen and pain medication to get through the day. He had trouble sleeping and had to gauge distances before deciding whether or not he could walk somewhere.

In 2015, Johnny went back to Dr. Steinlauf who told him about total ankle replacements. Johnny decided to go through with the surgery and on October 13, 2015 Dr. Steinlauf implanted Johnny with an INFINITY™ ankle replacement.

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

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

Johnny spent two nights in the hospital and used a push scooter and then crutches to get around for eight weeks. He did his own physical therapy and slowly weaned himself off of pain medication. Since receiving his new ankle, Johnny has been able to slowly get back to the active lifestyle he had once enjoyed.

“I was prematurely aging because I was so limited and it held me back,” said Johnny. “Now that I have done the surgery I feel like I have gone forward. I really feel like I have been reborn; I got my life back.”

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.

Gary S

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Gary has lived an active life as a professional roller skater, grocery store clerk for 40 years and as the father of three daughters and three stepsons. He also loved to hunt and work around the house in his free time, but his busy lifestyle became much more difficult in 1980 when he fell off the bumper of his truck and broke his right leg in three places.

Over time, Gary’s leg healed, but his ankle began to degenerate. He had trouble walking and developed a waddle to maneuver comfortably. He relied on ibuprofen when the pain became problematic and was able to continue most of his regular activities. In 2014, however, he realized he needed a solution.

Gary visited his primary care physician who recommended he see Dr. Jason Nowak of Shasta Orthopedics in Redding, California. Gary met with Dr. Nowak who told him his ankle needed to be replaced as the cartilage had worn away, leaving the joint bone-on-bone. Gary decided to schedule the surgery, and on April 8, 2015 he was fitted with an INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement.

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

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

After the surgery, Gary was in the hospital overnight and then was able to go home to recover. He was in a cast and used crutches and a scooter for four weeks before being put into a walking boot. He then underwent physical therapy to gain strength and improve his range of motion. By the time his ankle was healed, his pain level had gone from a seven pre-surgery to a one. He no longer needed pain medication and was able to get back to taking walks and being active.

“Since the surgery, I don’t have any pain at all,” Gary said. “I don’t have to worry about getting around, and I haven’t had any ankle trouble. I’m so glad I had this procedure done and I am thankful to Dr. Nowak for his care.”

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 shoulder 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.

Kelly S

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Kelly is a public relations director and mother who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was only four years old. Despite the diagnosis and accompanying joint pain, particularly in her ankles, she leads an active lifestyle. Her favorite activities include spending time with her family, boating, cooking and being involved in her community. In 2015 her ankle pain became unbearable and she began hunting for a solution.

Kelly went to see Dr. Steven Steinlauf of the Orthopaedic Associates of South Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Steinlauf examined her ankles and discovered her ankle joints had degenerated to the point of being bone-on-bone. He told her she was a candidate for a total ankle replacement, but Kelly decided to wait until she felt she truly needed the surgery.

For two years, Kelly dealt with the pain using cortisone injections. She tried to keep up with her regular activities but slowly began to sit out of family gatherings and work events. She wasn’t able to go boating, and standing to cook meals for her family and friends became unbearable. Even a trip to the grocery store put too much stress on her ankles. Now that the pain was interfering with Kelly’s day-to-day activities, she decided to schedule an ankle replacement for her left ankle.

On January 24, 2017, Dr. Steinlauf fitted Kelly with an INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement. She spent one night in the hospital and was then in bed or using a wheelchair for a week. She switched to a knee scooter for five weeks while she wore her boot, and she was able to walk unassisted a month and a half after her operation. She attended five physical therapy sessions and performed exercises at home to strengthen her ankle and increase her range of motion.

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

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

Before Kelly’s surgery her left ankle pain was intolerable, leaving her unable to do anything except the bare minimum. Thanks to her surgery, she has been able to attend events with her family, get back to boating and visit her daughter in New York.

“I’m so glad I got an ankle replacement,” Kelly said. “It’s miraculous, and it was life changing.” Kelly plans on getting her right ankle replaced when it degenerates to the point that her left ankle was pre-surgery.

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 shoulder 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.

Ana G

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Ana is a wife and mother in Yakima, Washington, whose job as a waitress and restaurant owner requires her to be constantly on her feet. In 2015, however, her day-to-day life became much more difficult when she stepped off a curb while wearing heels and twisted and broke her left ankle. Doctors attempted to repair the ankle, but it never healed properly, and Ana soon developed osteoarthritis as a result of the injury.

Ana tried to alleviate the pain in her ankle by undergoing physical therapy, taking ibuprofen and putting ice and heat on her ankle. Unfortunately, nothing brought long-term pain relief, and her ankle issues began to disrupt her life in various ways. She was forced to reduce her hours at work as she had trouble remaining on her feet all day, and she had to reduce her presence at social functions with her family and friends. She also had difficulty sleeping through the night because she would wake up in pain, and she struggled with weight gain.

At the end of her rope, Ana went to see Dr. Shyler DeMill of Orthopedics Northwest in Yakima. Dr. DeMill recommended Ana undergo ankle replacement surgery and implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement in Ana’s left ankle on December 14, 2016.

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

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

Within two days after surgery, Ana was home recovering nicely and wearing a walking boot. She underwent physical therapy and was able to walk on her own again and return to her normal activities after about six weeks.

“I’m very glad I had the procedure,” Ana said. “My daily life has improved as I can once again function without high pain levels. I would highly recommend the procedure. The outcome is highly beneficial and greatly impacts one’s life for the positive.”

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 shoulder 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.

Connie S.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Connie is a wife, mother and grandmother in Palo Cedro, California, whose favorite pastime is spending time with her family. Whether camping, golfing, walking or traveling on cruises to Europe, she and her family lead an active lifestyle. However, keeping up with her family on their adventures became increasingly difficult for Connie when she began to experience severe pain in her right ankle.

In the late 1980s, Connie was walking downstairs to her garage when she slipped on a rug and broke her right ankle. Her ankle was never the same again, and she ultimately developed post-traumatic arthritis as a result of the accident. She received cortisone shots for several years to help with the pain, but the shots stopped working in 2013.

“The pain was unbearable the entire time, but after the shots stopped working, it got really bad,” Connie said. “We went on a cruise to Italy during that time, and I remember being miserable. Everything I did was difficult.”

Because of the pain, Connie could no longer fully enjoy her favorite activities and was forced to stop some of them altogether – including golfing. Her daily household chores, like vacuuming, also became increasingly difficult. Hoping for a solution, she went to see Dr. Jason Nowak of Shasta Orthopedics in Redding, California, who recommended Connie undergo a total ankle replacement.

Connie agreed to the surgery, and to prepare she first underwent a procedure in October 2013 to help straighten out her foot using an arch support. After Connie’s foot straightened out, Dr. Nowak implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement in her right ankle in September 2014. Within a few days, she was home recovering nicely and using a knee scooter to get around. After 11 weeks, she graduated from a cast to wearing a walking boot and started physical therapy. Within a few weeks, she was walking completely on her own.

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

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

Since receiving her new ankle, Connie is back to enjoying her busy lifestyle. Whether it’s walking up and down the stairs, taking daily three-mile walks with her husband or traveling with her family, she no longer experiences any ankle pain.

“INFINITY™ is a great product that has really helped me,” Connie said. “I could tell a difference in my foot immediately after surgery. I would definitely recommend it to someone who is in pain like I was!”

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.

Sandra

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Sandra, a retired nurse from Westport, Massachusetts, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle of travel and fun with her family. She is a grandmother of six and enjoys spending time with them doing crafts and chasing them around the beach in the summer. Unfortunately, in 2014 she was in a car accident that resulted in an open fracture to her right tibia and fibula, as well as an ankle dislocation. The pain was progressive and soon after the accident she developed arthritis. She was determined to continue living her life, so she tried to manage the pain with Ibuprofen, but was unsuccessful.

A few months later in 2015, Sandra and her husband headed across the country to Canada for a family reunion, when she realized she wouldn’t be able to power through the pain any longer. It became increasingly difficult to walk and she found herself sitting out of activities due to her ankle. She researched foot and ankle doctors online and found Dr. Philip Basile of Crimson Foot and Ankle Specialists in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

When Sandra met Dr. Basile, she told him she thought her only option would be an amputation, but after an x-ray, Dr. Basile suggested she get a total ankle replacement. Sandra had not heard of this type of procedure before, but Dr. Basile explained new technology. Sandra decided to go through with the procedure and on December 8, 2016 Dr. Basile implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement into Sandra’s right ankle.

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

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

After the surgery, Sandra was able to go home in a walking cast and walk around on a limited basis. She kept the walking cast on for three weeks and then transitioned to a boot for three weeks. She attended physical therapy, but felt as though the best rehabilitation for her ankle was walking and as soon as the boot came off (six weeks post-surgery) she was able to walk anywhere, unassisted with no issues.

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.

Just last month, Sandra took a cruise to the Caribbean on a boat that didn’t have elevators and that was a big test for her new ankle. In March, she will be volunteering with her husband for a robotics competition between local high schools and she hopes to make it to the world competition in St. Louis, where they will need to walk around a large convention center. She has no worries that her ankle will allow her to keep up with these activities.

“I would recommend pursuing an ankle replacement. Before the surgery, I couldn’t walk around without pain, but now that I’m recovered, I’m looking forward to playing with my grandkids this summer and getting back to my active life.”

Terry S

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Terry of Lewiston, Idaho, has always led an active lifestyle, from working on home improvement projects to playing characters like the Tin Man and Idaho Governor William Wallace in local theatre productions. Every year, he looks forward to the month of October when he puts his passion for both woodworking and acting to use by setting up a 1,500-square-foot haunted house in front of his garage. In 2009, however, his favorite hobbies and projects became more difficult when he had a growth removed from his right ankle. The operation left him in pain and with minimal soft tissue lining the ankle joint. He was told he would eventually need an ankle replacement.

Over the next several years, Terry continued to experience pain in his ankle, disrupting his day-to-day life in small ways. He could no longer easily spend time standing on stage or working on arduous construction projects for hours at a time without resting. An avid power walker, he regularly found himself “power limping” instead, and walking up and down stairs was difficult.

By 2015, Terry was experiencing such pain in his ankle that he knew he needed to find a solution. “I would be on it for half an hour and would need to be off my feet for the rest of the day,” Terry said. He mentioned his bad ankle to a friend, who recommended he visit Dr. Timothy Flock of Lewiston Orthopaedics to learn if he was a candidate for a total ankle replacement. Coincidentally, Dr. Flock was the physician who had previously removed the growth from Terry’s ankle.

“I went home and told my wife Dr. Flock was doing ankle replacements now, and she got right on the phone to set up an appointment,” Terry said. “I tried to tell her it wasn’t the right time for me, but she said, ‘It will never be the right time; we’re getting you in!’”

On September 8, 2016, Dr. Flock implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement in Terry’s right ankle. He stayed in the hospital overnight and returned home the next day in an ankle brace. A week later, he was already back at work recovering nicely, wearing a cast and using crutches to get around. Two weeks after that, he had migrated to a walking boot and started physical therapy. Within six weeks, he was walking on his own.

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

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

Since receiving his new ankle, Terry can once again more easily take part in his day-to-day activities, including home improvement projects, power walking and janitorial work at his church. He’s no longer hobbling up and down stairs, and he looks forward to putting together his annual haunted house this October.

“I’m so glad that I got it done,” Terry said. “I’ve been putting Christmas decorations away, and it’s so nice to not have to sit down in between lifting boxes. I can do anything involving standing up and walking around much more easily.”

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.