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Harry

Most people are aware that the know-how exists to replace arthritic hips and knees, but patients suffering from arthritic ankles haven’t had many options until recently. However, technological advancements are making ankle replacements a successful treatment for some patients, including Harry, a 68-year-old resident of South Bend, who endured decades of pain and suffering.

Approximately 20 years ago, Harry suffered a compound fracture in his ankle and leg after falling off a roof. Initially, his injuries healed and he resumed his quality-of-life, which included football games at neighboring Notre Dame and playing golf regularly with his sons. However, arthritis began to set in and eventually Harry began slowing down.

Approximately 20 years ago, Harry suffered a compound fracture in his ankle and leg after falling off a roof. Initially, his injuries healed and he resumed his quality-of-life, which included football games at neighboring Notre Dame and playing golf regularly with his sons. However, arthritis began to set in and eventually Harry began slowing down.

As Harry’s arthritis got progressively worse, he developed a limp and found that golfing with his two sons was enormously difficult. If he played nine holes, he needed to elevate and ice his ankle for two days. Attending football games was no longer an option because he couldn’t climb the stairs of the stadium. Ibuprofen and aspirin did nothing to alleviate the constant pain and his immobility led to a 35 pound weight gain. When he could no longer enjoy golfing and began waking with the pain, he knew he had to find a better solution.

Harry sought the help of several physicians. One suggested fusing his ankle, but Harry wasn’t quite ready to undergo a procedure that would leave him with a permanent limp. Then he met with Dr. Jeff Niespodziany who, after examining his ankle, suggested an INBONE Total Ankle Replacement from Wright. Harry discussed it with his family, who encouraged him to undergo the procedure. Figuring the only thing he had to lose was the pain, Harry scheduled surgery for September 11, 2009 and the results, according to Harry, have been great.

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.

Harry woke from the operation without the constant arthritic throbbing in his ankle. As he says, “I forgot what life was like without the pain.” After several days in the hospital, he was released and began his physical therapy regimen. Each day he feels his ankle getting stronger and he has begun re-engaging in his hobbies. Now, instead of watching the Notre Dame football game on television, he is attending with his family. However, he is really looking forward to teeing off this spring with his sons at the local golf course. “I am so thrilled to have my life back,” he said. “My ankle replacement is allowing me to live out the retirement of my dreams!”

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.