For Bob, a 68-year-old resident of Marshall, Texas, the problems with his ankle can be traced back to an afternoon in the late 1970’s when he was involved in an accident while climbing down from a roof and broke his ankle in three places. Although surgery repaired the damage, arthritis inevitably settled in and by 2008, the pain was debilitating. Bob could barely sleep and had trouble getting around for days after attempting a round of golf. When he realized that issues in his hip and knee arose because he was overcompensating for the extreme discomfort in his ankle, Bob knew it was time to seek medical advice.
Bob made an appointment with a local orthopedic surgeon who told him that his only option was ankle fusion. While this procedure was likely to relieve his pain, the surgeon indicated that Bob would be left with a limp and restricted mobility. Faced with an agonizing decision, he elected to explore other alternatives.
Two years later, at the recommendation of a friend, Bob booked an appointment with Dr. Timothy Beck of Azalea Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Tyler, Texas. After an X-ray showed that Bob’s ankle joint was completely bone-on-bone, Dr. Beck suggested that he would be a good 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.
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.
After doing some additional research, Bob decided that the INBONE™ implant was the best option to reclaim his quality of life and in January 2012, he received his new ankle. Bob’s decision was validated when he was released from the hospital just one day after surgery. In fact, his discomfort was so minimal that he didn’t feel the need to take a single painkiller throughout his recovery.
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.
Today, Bob’s ankle is pain-free and he’s back on the golf course, playing better than ever. Additionally, he can keep up with his grandchildren and is no longer forced to avoid stairs, as was the case in the years leading up to his surgery.
“My ankle pain was limiting my quality of life,” says Bob. “Now, that I am back on my feet, I shouldn’t have waited as long as I did to address it for good.”
Bob was treated with an INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement. Total ankle replacements are a viable alternative to ankle fusion, which is a surgical procedure whereby the three bones that make up the ankle joint are literally fused together. While ankle fusions often reduce or eliminate the pain, they do not restore the ankle’s range-of-motion.
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.