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George, 60, spends his entire day on his feet as a Cable TV technician. His job requires constant mobility and agility while climbing up and down ladders. For the past four years George has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis which eventually progressed to osteoarthritis. In fact, his arthritis was so severe it broke down all the cartilage in his ankle. George could no longer walk without pain. His ankle had swollen to the point that not even his arthritis medication could ease his pain.

After 3 years of suffering, George could no longer bear to have arthritis take over his life. He consulted Dr. Steve Brigido at Coordinated Health to discuss his options. Dr. Brigido informed George that, due to the severity of his arthritis, he had no other option but to fuse or replace his damaged ankle. At this point, ankle implants were relatively new technology and lacked a proven track record.

This left George with only the option of ankle fusion. George was not ready to make such a drastic decision so he continued to suffer through another year of pain. After a year had passed and George’s pain had further increased, he knew it was time to make a decision. It was when he returned to Dr. Brigido to further discuss an ankle fusion that Dr. Brigido informed George of a new implant known as the INBONE™ Total Ankle.

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.

George took Dr. Brigido’s advice and decided on the INBONE Total Ankle. George received his implant on May 20, 2008.

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 ankle replacement surgery, George was back to work full time in just over eight weeks. Before his surgery, George anticipated his return to work to be a struggle. Knowing that he would be on his feet all day, he wasn’t sure how his new ankle would hold up. Since being back to work, he has not had any issues carrying on his daily activities.

“Compared to the state my foot was in before my surgery, it’s as if I have an entirely new foot!” George exclaims.

He now enjoys all family activities without ankle pain.

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.