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Kelly S

Kelly is a public relations director and mother who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was only four years old. Despite the diagnosis and accompanying joint pain, particularly in her ankles, she leads an active lifestyle. Her favorite activities include spending time with her family, boating, cooking and being involved in her community. In 2015 her ankle pain became unbearable and she began hunting for a solution.

Kelly went to see Dr. Steven Steinlauf of the Orthopaedic Associates of South Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Steinlauf examined her ankles and discovered her ankle joints had degenerated to the point of being bone-on-bone. He told her she was a candidate for a total ankle replacement, but Kelly decided to wait until she felt she truly needed the surgery.

For two years, Kelly dealt with the pain using cortisone injections. She tried to keep up with her regular activities but slowly began to sit out of family gatherings and work events. She wasn’t able to go boating, and standing to cook meals for her family and friends became unbearable. Even a trip to the grocery store put too much stress on her ankles. Now that the pain was interfering with Kelly’s day-to-day activities, she decided to schedule an ankle replacement for her left ankle.

On January 24, 2017, Dr. Steinlauf fitted Kelly with an INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement. She spent one night in the hospital and was then in bed or using a wheelchair for a week. She switched to a knee scooter for five weeks while she wore her boot, and she was able to walk unassisted a month and a half after her operation. She attended five physical therapy sessions and performed exercises at home to strengthen her ankle and increase her range of motion.

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.

Before Kelly’s surgery her left ankle pain was intolerable, leaving her unable to do anything except the bare minimum. Thanks to her surgery, she has been able to attend events with her family, get back to boating and visit her daughter in New York.

“I’m so glad I got an ankle replacement,” Kelly said. “It’s miraculous, and it was life changing.” Kelly plans on getting her right ankle replaced when it degenerates to the point that her left ankle was pre-surgery.

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 shoulder 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.