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Chuck Baird

At the age of 75, Melbourne Beach, Florida resident Chuck, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle. In the past, he played squash and tennis, and liked to hike, jog, and bike. However, as Chuck aged he developed osteoarthritis, which was exacerbated by many twisted ankles. He suffered many injuries to his right ankle which eventually resulted in the cartilage completely wearing away and the joint becoming bone-on-bone. Over the past five years, his pain was so severe that he was nearly unable to walk.

Hoping for an answer, he turned to a previous doctor for a recommendation and was directed to Dr. Wade at Vero Orthopedics & Neurology in Vero Beach, Florida. After undergoing x-rays, Dr. Wade told Chuck that he would be a candidate for an ankle replacement with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System.

The INBONE™ Total Ankle System 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 System 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 System. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System is a good option for you.

On September 20, 2016, Chuck was implanted with his new right ankle. After spending two days in the hospital and then a week of rest, he began using a knee scooter to get around. Chuck did not experience much pain after the surgery, and only took one pain pill.

For the first two and a half months of recovery, he received physical therapy in his home. After three months, he began to put weight on his ankle while using a walker. He travelled to the physical therapist for the next six months and by February 2017, he was able to walk unassisted.

“Now that it’s healed, I cannot even tell the difference between one ankle and the other,” Chuck said. “It’s perfect.”

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 shoulder 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.

Since being able to walk on his foot, Chuck can once again take part in his normal daily activities, such as long rides with his biking club. He is looking forward to having his mobility back and being able to travel to New York City and Scotland with his wife. Four weeks ago, he even hiked eight miles on the Florida Trail.

“I would just say go for it,” Chuck said. “To me, it’s a miracle. I am very appreciative of Dr. Wade for steering me to ankle replacement. I’m grateful she could make it happen.”

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.