Even at the age of 76, John still loves the smell of the ice and the sound his skates make as he glides across the rink. John has spent 61 years of his life in a pair of ice skates. He started off as a hockey player and has since channeled his passion for the sport as a girl’s high school hockey coach. A mere two years ago, John feared that all of that would be taken from him when he started developing arthritis in his ankle. The pain was so debilitating, he was forced to hold onto the boards in order to keep his balance while teaching.
As an active gentleman, John knew he could not let his arthritis keep him down. He started taking prescribed medication and seeing a physical therapist in hopes of controlling the pain. John also consulted his physician about an arthroscopy.
An MRI showed that the cartilage in John’s ankle was worn down to bone-on-bone contact. He chose to have arthroscopic surgery which, for a long period of time, provided only a little relief. Only two viable options remained, ankle fusion or a total ankle replacement. The idea of an ankle fusion did not excite him in the least. John feared he would feel as if he were walking with a ski boot on for the rest of his life.
John came across an article in his hometown paper discussing total ankle replacement, and he decided to learn more about this new technique. He met with Dr. John Reach at Yale New Haven Medical Center. Dr. Reach felt that John would be a perfect candidate for an ankle replacement and recommended the INBONE™ Total Ankle System.
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.
John, however, was still reluctant to go though with this procedure. He decided to contact other folks who have had a total ankle replacement. Upon hearing their stories of success, John decided to undergo the surgery. In May 2008, Dr. Reach implanted John with the INBONE™ Total 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.
By August of that year, John was playing golf several times a week. He continues to work out at the gym where he trains on the elliptical and treadmill. He can swim, bike and, most importantly, he can teach his hockey team without standing against the boards.
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.
Now, he is right in the center of the rink doing what he does best. Throughout his recovery, John felt little pain and discomfort. “It means so much to get back to a normal life again,” says John. “My family and friends are taken aback by my success. Everything has just been wonderful and Dr. Reach is absolutely outstanding. This really worked for me!”
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.