Debbie D. is a 66-year-old United States Air Force veteran near Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she enjoys working part time as a physical therapy assistant. As a veteran, Debbie had always led an active lifestyle and continues to be active throughout her post-military career. As a PT assistant, Debbie is required to be on her feet and provide her patients with physical support during their rehabilitation. Unfortunately, a lingering sports injury, stemming from a fall in 1986 while she was playing basketball, resulted in an ankle fracture making her career and active lifestyle incredibly difficult to keep up with.
Once Debbie’s ankle healed, she would resume her active lifestyle until eventually the ankle joint became arthritic, causing her extreme pain and discomfort. Debbie visited several doctors, all of whom encouraged her to take pain killers and other medications to help with the pain, but suggested no other options to help with her long-term pain management. At this point, Debbie could barely even walk down the block without being in excruciating pain, making her life incredibly difficult.
After moving to Colorado, Debbie had another fall, which resulted in a tibia fracture that was stubborn to heal as well. Before visiting her physician, Dr. McVay, Debbie felt as if she was out of options and was left to struggle in pain for the rest of her life. Luckily, Dr. McVay worked to craft a plan for Debbie to have a total ankle replacement (TAR), a decision Debbie hasn’t regretted for a single moment.
“Dr. McVay listened to my concerns and felt that I was a really good candidate for an ankle replacement, so I told him I was ready to move forward with it,” said Debbie. “I needed to be able to get back to my active lifestyle and knew that this was my best option to accomplish that.”
In May 2016, Dr. McVay replaced Debbie’s right ankle with the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical.
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.
Since receiving her new ankle, Debbie has been able to get back to her busy lifestyle without pain. Debbie is now going to the gym, where she enjoys walking on the treadmill and using the elliptical to maintain her physical fitness. Debbie and her husband spend their winters in Arizona and she is looking forward to keeping up her active lifestyle year-round in the warmer weather.
“I was barely able to walk before my TAR,” Debbie said. “Being able to go back to enjoying physical activity has greatly improved my life, happiness and health.”
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.
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.