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I am so glad I can go back to everything I loved to do before my injury,” said Cassandra. “Having my ankle replaced gave me my life back.” 

Growing up in a health conscious household, St. Augustine resident Cassandra has always maintained an extremely active lifestyle. Cassandra could always be found participating in some type of physical activity, including soccer, tennis, field hockey and volleyball (to name a few). Twelve years ago, her healthy standard of living took a turn when she broke her right ankle. A few years later, she tripped while walking off of a sidewalk and broke it a second time. Finally, in 2008, Cassandra was riding her bike and was struck by a car that had rolled through a stop sign, breaking her ankle for a third time. The repeated damage to her ankle, mixed with the wear and tear of near-continuous physical activity through the years, led Cassandra to develop severe arthritis in her ankle that became so bad that she could not walk.

After the bike accident, Cassandra discussed the pain she was experiencing with her uncle who had a friend undergo a total ankle replacement urged her to look into the procedure. Hesitant to undergo invasive surgery, Cassandra looked into ankle fusions, but quickly ruled that option out because it would leave her with limited mobility. Instead, she began wearing a brace in the hopes that it would protect the ankle from additional deterioration.

However, three years later, Cassandra’s ankle was in worse shape than it had been before the brace. She was in so much pain that she literally crawled around the house. On days when she wanted to go to the nearby beach, her husband would have to carry her. Cassandra knew she could not live like this and made up her mind to seek a permanent solution.

At the suggestion of her neighbor, Cassandra scheduled a consultation with Dr. Ryan Pereira of Anastasia Medical Group. After taking x-rays, Dr. Pereira determined that Cassandra was a perfect candidate for the INBONE™ Total Ankle. Despite her initial decision to avoid a surgical procedure, Cassandra researched the operation to understand how it works, and once she was comfortable that it was the best option for her, she scheduled her surgery.

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.

On December 7, 2012, Cassandra received her new ankle. Four days later, she was discharged from the hospital on crutches. For ten weeks, Cassandra remained on crutches. An elementary school art teacher, she underwent the procedure during the holiday break and was able to return to work by the time school was back in session on January 7, 2013.

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, Cassandra has resumed all of her favorite recreational activities and began strength training workouts such as cross-fit. “I am so glad I can go back to everything I loved to do before my injury,” said Cassandra. “Having my ankle replaced gave me my life back.”

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.