Debbie, a 56-year-old resident of Altamont Springs, Fla., can trace the cause of her ankle pain back to November 1980 when a fall landed her in the hospital. “When I went down, I heard a snap,” she said, “I got up and hobbled inside.” Although she was hoping it was just a sprain, an X-ray showed that her ankle was badly broken and a pin was surgically implanted in the joint to help facilitate proper healing. She spent a week in the hospital but the ramifications didn’t end there.
At the time of the accident, doctors told Debbie to expect some pain and sensitivity to weather for the rest of her life, however by the late 1990’s, her ankle was aching constantly, rain or shine.
She started visiting a foot and ankle clinic regularly for cortisone shots which provided some relief early on, but in time, her ankle continued to deteriorate. However, when Debbie could no longer carry her infant granddaughter down a set of stairs, she knew it was time to find a permanent solution.
Debbie’s regular podiatrist was out on sick leave, but she couldn’t put off an appointment any longer. She met with a new podiatrist and discussed her options. She considered ankle fusion, but was concerned that while her pain might be eliminated, her mobility would be very limited. At that point, her podiatrist suggested total ankle replacement. Pleased by the opportunity to have pain relief while also maintaining use of her ankle joint, Debbie booked an appointment with Dr. Christopher Reeves, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orlando Foot & Ankle Clinic.
When an MRI showed that Debbie’s ankle joint was bone-on-bone, Dr. Reeves echoed the previous recommendation for a total ankle replacement. In December 2009, nearly three decades after her accident, Debbie was implanted with 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.
Debbie spent just three days in the hospital following her procedure and, once home, continued to regain her strength through physical therapy.
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, Debbie’s ankle is pain-free and she is once again able to keep up with her grandchildren. And, she’s not the only one amazed with her results. “A couple of months after my surgery, I was visiting my grandchildren and went up and down the stairs with ease,” Debbie recounted. “My grandson looked at me with a big smile and said ‘you can do it Grandma!'”
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.