Most people are aware of the technology that exists to replace arthritic hips and knees, but patients suffering from ankle osteoarthritis didn’t have many options until recently. Recent technological advancements are changing the way severe ankle osteoarthritis is treated. Andrew is a patient who has benefited from the advancements in total ankle replacement technology.
Andrew was living the retirement he always dreamed. He was traveling with his wife, playing ball with his grandchildren and volunteering with local charities. In fact, he had never been happier. Retirement was everything he hoped it would be. All of that changed in November 2007 when Andrew fell out of a bucket truck while volunteering with the American Legion.
He fell nearly 11 feet and broke his ankle upon impact. After doctors fitted him with a cast and set his ankle, Andrew thought he would be climbing ladders again within a few months. However, severe arthritis set in nearly immediately leading to a year of agony.
Each night Andrew woke up multiple times with sharp, shooting arthritic pains in his ankle. Every step he took caused him agonizing pain, and even simple activities such as walking to the mailbox or going to the grocery story were enormously difficult. He ended each day by icing and elevating his ankle for over an hour. Painkillers didn’t offer him even temporary relief, and his retirement was becoming isolated and depressing. When he sought the help of a local physician, Andrew was devastated when he was told he had no other options other than to live with the pain.
Frustrated by his inability to live his life and the months of chronic, debilitating pain, Andrew began researching the latest treatments for severe ankle osteoarthritis and discovered Dr. Craig Radnay at Long Island Jewish Hospital, who was known for his use of cutting-edge technology to help his patients.
After examining his ankle, Dr. Radnay suggested that Andrew consider an INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement.
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.
Andrew was thrilled to learn about an option that would allow him to return to the active and full retirement he enjoyed prior to his accident. Andrew scheduled his surgery right away, and he received his INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement on December 30, 2008. The results have been amazing.
Andrew woke from the operation without the nagging, throbbing pain he experienced for an entire year. As he says, “I had forgotten what my life was like without pain in my ankle. It was truly wonderful to wake up without it.” Within weeks of surgery, Andrew was doing physical therapy and walking with the assistance of an aide. Four months post- surgery, he was walking unassisted and without pain for the first time in more than a year.
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.
Andrew and his family are amazed at the significant difference the INBONE™ Total Ankle has made in his life.
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.
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 Andrew spends his days helping his children with their home repairs, and he is still actively volunteering with the American Legion. His four grandchildren are thrilled he is once again able to play baseball with them and attend their little league games. Andrew’s wife is also delighted that they have been able to resume traveling and their active lifestyle. Andrew states, “I would encourage everyone I know to seek out alternative options. I am so happy that my search for a treatment option led me to Dr. Radnay and the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement.”
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.