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Jimmy J

As an Army veteran, husband and father of two, Jimmy J lead a very active life. When a minor ankle roll in 2005 left him in intense pain and meant he could no longer help his younger daughter practice soccer after school or walk his favorite local golf course, he knew he needed to find a solution. Another important factor was his livelihood – Jimmy worked as a superintendent and project manager at a construction company, which meant he was constantly on his feet and causing the ankle pain to quickly worsen.

The first doctor Jimmy met told him he was too young to undergo an ankle replacement, so he gave Jimmy cortisone shots, which did not help. A couple years later, Jimmy was speaking with an acquaintance who also suffered from ankle pain and referred Jimmy to Dr. Saftet Hatic. Jimmy quickly scheduled an appointment with Dr. Hatic, who took X-rays and discovered the cartilage that used to surround his patient’s ankle was gone, and the pain Jimmy was experiencing was from bone-on-bone rubbing. He also suggested that he implant an INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical in Jimmy because he still had good ankle bone structure and relatively newly-developed ankle pain.

The INFINITY™ Total Ankle System 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 System 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 System. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INFINITY™ Total Ankle System is a good option for you.

Jimmy was hesitant about completely replacing his right ankle bone at first, but he discussed any questions he had with Dr. Hatic and nurses at length, felt more comfortable and decided to go through with the procedure. Jimmy also joined a support group of patients who had undergone ankle replacements to learn more about their experiences and ask questions.

“It was helpful to hear personal experiences from patients all over the country, who underwent successful replacements,” Jimmy said. “Along with the nurses and doctors, who went above and beyond to answer my questions, the support group helped solidify my decision.”

Jimmy’s right ankle replacement was conducted at a hospital in Greenville, Ohio, on May 13, 2015. The procedure took only a couple of hours, and Jimmy was released the next day. Even though he had to be off his ankle for a few weeks, Jimmy was able to visit one of his construction team’s job sites early on to check in, which gave him peace of mind during recovery. He went back to work full-time only five weeks after the procedure with the help of a scooter and crutches to get around. By eight weeks he was walking gingerly at work without help and had a great range of motion in his ankle after only a couple months of physical therapy.

Jimmy also got back to his favorite activities- swimming with his family and golfing, including walking the full course for exercise without any issues.

“It was very gratifying to be able to go back to the activities that I love to partake in both on my own and with my family,” said Jimmy. “The most important thing for me was to be able to work to continue to provide for my family and return to the activities that I enjoy doing without pain, and I have accomplished both goals.”

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.