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Gary S

Gary has lived an active life as a professional roller skater, grocery store clerk for 40 years and as the father of three daughters and three stepsons. He also loved to hunt and work around the house in his free time, but his busy lifestyle became much more difficult in 1980 when he fell off the bumper of his truck and broke his right leg in three places.

Over time, Gary’s leg healed, but his ankle began to degenerate. He had trouble walking and developed a waddle to maneuver comfortably. He relied on ibuprofen when the pain became problematic and was able to continue most of his regular activities. In 2014, however, he realized he needed a solution.

Gary visited his primary care physician who recommended he see Dr. Jason Nowak of Shasta Orthopedics in Redding, California. Gary met with Dr. Nowak who told him his ankle needed to be replaced as the cartilage had worn away, leaving the joint bone-on-bone. Gary decided to schedule the surgery, and on April 8, 2015 he was fitted with an INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement.

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.

After the surgery, Gary was in the hospital overnight and then was able to go home to recover. He was in a cast and used crutches and a scooter for four weeks before being put into a walking boot. He then underwent physical therapy to gain strength and improve his range of motion. By the time his ankle was healed, his pain level had gone from a seven pre-surgery to a one. He no longer needed pain medication and was able to get back to taking walks and being active.

“Since the surgery, I don’t have any pain at all,” Gary said. “I don’t have to worry about getting around, and I haven’t had any ankle trouble. I’m so glad I had this procedure done and I am thankful to Dr. Nowak for his care.”

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.


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.