Connie is a wife, mother and grandmother in Palo Cedro, California, whose favorite pastime is spending time with her family. Whether camping, golfing, walking or traveling on cruises to Europe, she and her family lead an active lifestyle. However, keeping up with her family on their adventures became increasingly difficult for Connie when she began to experience severe pain in her right ankle.
In the late 1980s, Connie was walking downstairs to her garage when she slipped on a rug and broke her right ankle. Her ankle was never the same again, and she ultimately developed post-traumatic arthritis as a result of the accident. She received cortisone shots for several years to help with the pain, but the shots stopped working in 2013.
“The pain was unbearable the entire time, but after the shots stopped working, it got really bad,” Connie said. “We went on a cruise to Italy during that time, and I remember being miserable. Everything I did was difficult.”
Because of the pain, Connie could no longer fully enjoy her favorite activities and was forced to stop some of them altogether – including golfing. Her daily household chores, like vacuuming, also became increasingly difficult. Hoping for a solution, she went to see Dr. Jason Nowak of Shasta Orthopedics in Redding, California, who recommended Connie undergo a total ankle replacement.
Connie agreed to the surgery, and to prepare she first underwent a procedure in October 2013 to help straighten out her foot using an arch support. After Connie’s foot straightened out, Dr. Nowak implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement in her right ankle in September 2014. Within a few days, she was home recovering nicely and using a knee scooter to get around. After 11 weeks, she graduated from a cast to wearing a walking boot and started physical therapy. Within a few weeks, she was walking completely on her own.
The INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement is intended to be used to treat patients with ankle joints damaged by severe arthritis or a failed previous ankle surgery. The INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement is intended to give patients limited mobility by reducing pain and restoring movement in the ankle.
Not everyone is a good candidate for the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement is a good option for you.
Since receiving her new ankle, Connie is back to enjoying her busy lifestyle. Whether it’s walking up and down the stairs, taking daily three-mile walks with her husband or traveling with her family, she no longer experiences any ankle pain.
“INFINITY™ is a great product that has really helped me,” Connie said. “I could tell a difference in my foot immediately after surgery. I would definitely recommend it to someone who is in pain like I was!”
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.