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Patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the ankle have had very few options until recently. Technological advancements have relieved the pain of those suffering from arthritic ankles. James, a 72 year old San Antonio, Florida resident, is a patient who has benefited from the advancements in ankle replacement technology.

For many years, James worked on the assembly line at Ford in Cleveland, walking on hard concrete floors and standing on the production line. At age 30, James shattered his left ankle in a car accident. Although this accelerated the onset of ankle osteoarthritis and caused him to walk with a slight limp, he was able to maintain his job and excel at hobbies such as golfing and bowling with family and friends.

In 1985, he retired and moved to Florida. For 23 years, he enjoyed the good weather and his hobbies, but in 2008 his ankle pain started getting progressively worse. Nothing James did – elevating it and icing it each night, taking over-the-counter medication and receiving cortisone shots – generated any relief. After nearly two years of an unwanted sedentary lifestyle, James put on 30 pounds.

Finally, James grew tired of the many limitations placed on him by his arthritic ankle. He wanted the freedom to travel with his wife, visit his kids around the country, golf with his friends and get back to the bowling he once enjoyed so much. After seeing several doctors, he met Dr. Nathan Penney, of Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay, who quickly concluded that his ankle osteoarthritis had significantly deteriorated the bone . Dr. Penney suggested James consider replacing his ankle. He suggested the INBONETotal Ankle Replacement, from Wright.

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.

James received his new ankle on February 5, 2010 and his recovery went well. After surgery he committed himself to his physical therapy exercises and each day he felt better. Just three months later, he no longer experiences a constant throbbing pain in his ankle. Also, when he and his wife go somewhere, she is not waiting for him to catch up to her. Recently, he returned to the golf course, and he is looking forward to rejoining a bowling league. As he says, “I am looking forward to all of the trips I can take and the golf games I can play. More importantly, I am finally able to enjoy life. I wish I met Dr. Penney sooner!”

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.


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.