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60 year old Ann of Bloomington, Indiana loves to dance and perform on stage. However, the fallout from a traumatic event Ann suffered as a teen left her fearing that she would have to permanently abandon one of her passions. At the age of 15, Ann was hit by a car, which crushed the bones in her left ankle. At the time, the only option for a pain-free recovery was an ankle fusion; however the procedure left her with limited mobility.In college, Ann was determined to stay active and signed up for modern dance classes. She immediately fell in love with the art and joined a modern dance company. Despite limited use of her left ankle, Ann continued to dance for many years and while she periodically became frustrated at not having a full range of motion, she recalls, “I was just happy that I wasn’t in any pain at the time.”

That all changed however, in 2003 when Ann started to notice a mild pain in her ankle. It began as a dull ache, but over time it progressed to the point where Ann dreaded standing up for long periods of time. She started taking cortisone shots and pain killers to numb the pain but those provided only temporary relief. Before long, her condition deteriorated to the point where she had to leave the dance group.

After doing some research, Ann scheduled a consultation with Dr. Gregory Berlet at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Berlet explained to Ann that she was an ideal candidate for an artificial ankle. In June 2009, Ann received the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical.

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.

Three weeks after the procedure, Ann’s cast was replaced by a boot. After seven weeks, the boot was removed and Ann used crutches on and off over the course of the next few weeks to help her get around. As part of her recovery, Ann completed eight weeks of physical therapy to regain strength in her ankle. She continued to make steady progress and a year after surgery, she resumed dancing. Today, Ann is back to doing what she loves, and is part of an improvisational dance group.

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 surgeons 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.