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Judy, a 67-year-old Muncie native, is able to go about her daily routine in comfort, but for nearly all of her adult life this was not the case. In the early 1960s, Judy was driving with her husband when their car slid on ice and crashed into a rail. In the ensuing impact, Judy ended up with her right ankle pinned under the seat. A passerby saw the wreck and took Judy and her husband to the hospital.

Judy’s right ankle was crushed and the surgeons who operated on her did not know if she would be able to walk again. One week following the operation, Judy returned home wearing a cast and spent the next year on crutches. Although her ankle was not anywhere close to 100 percent, Judy maintained a normal life, raising two children and managing her home. However, because of her injury, she occasionally needed assistance with shopping and chores. Judy lived in constant discomfort, but it was not until almost thirty years after her accident that ankle pain began to greatly limit her mobility.

By the early 1990s, Judy developed severe arthritis in her ankle and could no longer walk for more than fifteen minutes without having to rest. Visits to her mother’s nursing home in Newcastle – only 19 miles away – became a struggle. As the years ticked by, her mobility continued to decrease but she accepted her new limitations without seeking medical attention. In 2000, Judy began using a cane to guide her walking and started wearing a brace to stabilize her ankle.

One morning after a cold night in January 2002 Judy was walking outside her home when she slipped on black ice. Though she got up, the accident further damaged her ankle and her hopes of an active life faded. Judy lived in agony for another seven years but by January 2009 was at her breaking point; she required the full time use of a cane to walk and a scooter when grocery shopping. She researched ankle specialists in her area and made an appointment with Dr. Suhail Masadeh at American Health Network. For a few months, Dr. Masadeh injected Judy with cortisone shots and though she felt temporary relief, the pain always returned a few weeks later. Judy sought a more permanent solution and inquired about surgical options.

Dr. Masadeh explained to Judy that she was an ideal candidate for an ankle replacement. His practice utilized the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement.

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.

On January 23, 2010 Judy had her right ankle replaced at Jay County Hospital. Following the procedure, she wore a boot for one month.

After the boot was removed, she was placed into a soft cast and began physical therapy. By March 2010, and for the first time in fifty years, Judy could walk comfortably, only occasionally needing a light bandage for support. Shortly after, Judy started visiting her mother regularly and was able to shop for groceries on her own for the first time in years. “I am thankful to my doctor for my surgery; I never imagined I would walk comfortably again. This surgery has enabled me to become more independent and do things that I haven’t done in a very long time!”

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.