Johnny has lived an extremely active lifestyle as a marine mechanic, a drummer and an avid motorcyclist. Born and raised in the Bahamas, Johnny has spent most of his time outside and on the water. For years he would suffer through sprained ankles and ankle injuries, but as he got older his ankle began to deteriorate further. He developed arthritis and a bone spur in his right ankle and eventually his ankle’s cartilage was worn down and his joint became bone on bone.
Tired of the pain, Johnny sought answers and ended up getting ankle injections that didn’t do much to alleviate his discomfort. In 2005, Johnny went to Dr. Steven Steinlauf of the Orthopaedic Associates of South Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Steinlauf suggested Johnny wait a few more years before getting anything done surgically because he knew that ankle replacement technology was improving. Johnny decided to wait and he continued to deal with the pain of his deteriorating ankle. Ten years passed and Johnny was relying on Ibuprofen and pain medication to get through the day. He had trouble sleeping and had to gauge distances before deciding whether or not he could walk somewhere.
In 2015, Johnny went back to Dr. Steinlauf who told him about total ankle replacements. Johnny decided to go through with the surgery and on October 13, 2015 Dr. Steinlauf implanted Johnny with an INFINITY™ ankle replacement.
The INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement 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 Replacement 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 Replacement. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INFINITY Total Ankle Replacement is a good option for you.
Johnny spent two nights in the hospital and used a push scooter and then crutches to get around for eight weeks. He did his own physical therapy and slowly weaned himself off of pain medication. Since receiving his new ankle, Johnny has been able to slowly get back to the active lifestyle he had once enjoyed.
“I was prematurely aging because I was so limited and it held me back,” said Johnny. “Now that I have done the surgery I feel like I have gone forward. I really feel like I have been reborn; I got my life back.”
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.