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“I feel like myself for the first time in two years,” says Bettye. “My replacement ankle has given me my life back. I only wish I had gone to see Dr. Brown sooner.”

In the summer of 2011, Bettye and her husband left their home in San Antonio for an eight day trip to sunny Jamaica. Little did she know that her dream vacation would soon take a turn that would cause a year’s worth of pain. On their third night on the island, Bettye tripped and broke her left ankle.

Bettye was taken to the local clinic where the doctor immediately performed surgery, placing a multitude of screws and a metal plate in her foot in an effort to stabilize the ankle. Upon returning home, Bettye scheduled regular consultations with an orthopedic specialist to monitor her recovery. Three months later, the physician removed Bettye’s cast and told her to start physical therapy.

After four months of physical therapy without any improvement, Bettye knew something was wrong. Before her trip, she lived an extremely active lifestyle, describing herself as “gym obsessed.” However, in her weakened state, she could no longer drive or walk through the grocery store. Seeking a second opinion, she was referred by a friend to Dr. Martin Brown of the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group.

After reviewing Bettye’s x-rays, Dr. Brown felt that she was a perfect candidate for 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. 

In May 2012, Bettye received her new ankle and was released from the hospital a few days later. Determined to regain her mobility as quickly as possible, Bettye committed herself to physical therapy, which included swimming in a local pool daily for about six weeks, which accelerated her recovery. Today, she has her independence back and has resumed all of the everyday activities that were challenging or impossible before her ill-fated trip, including dancing with her husband, a longtime hobby.

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.

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.