For Kent, a 70-year-old Tucson resident, being on his feet was a big part of his 17-year career as a deputy sheriff. He put a considerable amount of wear and tear on his legs until severe arthritis in his right ankle forced him into early retirement at the age of 58.“I couldn’t do the job anymore because the pain was too much to bear,” said Kent.
After Kent’s retirement the arthritis progressed to the point where he could not even walk to the mailbox without experiencing severe pain.
“For the last five years the pain, discomfort and damage to my ankle had gotten so bad that I could barely walk down the driveway and my health suffered,” said Kent.
“I gained weight and lost muscle, which was embarrassing to me as I was always cognizant of my health and mobility for my job.”
In 2011 Kent began to research different treatment options and discovered an “ankle-replacement” group where new and old patients alike were singing the virtues of the INBONE™ Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical. After spending time on Wright’s website, Kent discovered that a local physician, Dr. Geoffrey Landis at Tucson Orthopedic Institute, performed this procedure. Following Kent’s first consultation with Dr. Landis he scheduled surgery.
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.
Kent did everything he could to prepare himself for the procedure, including losing 50 pounds. “I wanted to be in the best shape I could be for the surgery,” he said.
After surgery, Kent went through nine weeks of physical therapy and found himself walking with considerably less pain. Three months later his pain was barely noticeable and he threw away the pain relief medication that was given to him. Today, the pain is completely gone.
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.
“I can now go on one or more mile walks each day pain-free,” said Kent. “It is great to be able to get up every day without having to rely on a cane.”
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.