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Duane, a 78-year-old Utah resident, is no stranger to pain. He grew up in the back country of Wyoming where he had a part time job breaking horses. It was tough work requiring a tough attitude, as it wasn’t unusual for a horse to rear up in resistance, often flipping over and landing on its rider. Although this job probably caused more than one injury for Duane, at the time, it was unlikely that you’d hear him mention it or seek the attention of a doctor. That was the way he was raised.

Duane carried this mentality through his life so it was no surprise that when he started developing pain in his right ankle, he chose to carry on without a word. As time went on, the discomfort continued to grow, making everyday tasks such as walking up and down stairs and running errands more difficult.

However, it was during a trip to Turkey with his wife that Duane reached his threshold. The couple did a lot of walking during the trip and Duane found himself struggling to keep up. During one long walking tour, the pain in his ankle became so severe that Duane had to be brought back to the bus by four-wheeler. He decided that something needed to be done.

Once back in Ogden, Duane scheduled an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Rocco at Utah Orthopedics, who previously treated injuries he sustained many years ago in an oil field accident. Duane was interested to learn about treatment options to address his painful ankle, which was caused by osteoarthritis. At first, Duane thought that his only option would be ankle fusion -which would relieve his pain but significantly restrict his mobility-so he was intrigued when his doctor proposed another option: 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.

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.

After talking through the procedure with Dr. Rocco, Duane and his wife felt that it was the best way for him to regain his mobility and the freedom to travel, which the couple liked to do frequently. In September 2009, Duane received his new ankle and after just two days in the hospital, was able to go home and begin rehabilitation. Within three weeks, Duane’s cast was removed and he was able to walk with the support of crutches. He diligently did stretching exercises as his strength continued to increase and was walking unassisted a month after surgery.

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, Duane’s ankle is pain-free and he’s able to do the day-to-day things that at one point were such a struggle. Additionally, Duane and his wife were recently able to travel to Africa, something that would have been impossible prior to the total ankle replacement.

Once you have healed, there is the possibility that the bone surrounding the INBONE Total Ankle may lose its ability to support the implant. If this occurs, additional surgery may be required to replace the implant or fuse your ankle. Additionally, it is unknown how long the implant can be expected to perform well once implanted.

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.