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.
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.