“Receiving my new ankle has been one of the defining moments of my physical well-being.”
In 1979, 23 year-old Len got into a motorcycle accident that left him with several torn ligaments on the inside of his left ankle and an assortment of other injuries, including a dislocation of the same ankle and a broken leg. Surgery to repair the ligaments took place shortly after.
An avid basketball and soccer player, Len was told by his surgeon to confine his exercise to bicycle riding and swimming for one year to ensure his injuries would fully heal. “A couple months after my cast was removed, and less than six months after the surgery, I rejoined a basketball league that I had played in for years,” said Len. “That summer, I went back to playing soccer. Looking back, it wasn’t the smartest idea.”
For the next two decades Len lived his life – which included a significant amount of time playing basketball, soccer and racquetball – without major issue. He experienced a reduced range-of-motion in his ankle, but it did not prevent him from being athletically active. However, in his mid-forties, as arthritis inevitably set in, Len began experiencing pain in his ankle after games. By age 46, with the pain increasing in intensity, he was forced to give up soccer. A few years later, he could no longer play basketball.
In the ensuing years, the condition of Len’s ankle deteriorated further to the point where it began to affect him outside of sports. “If I sat down for any length of time and then stood up, I limped from the pain until I could walk normally again,” he said.
By the time Len was in his mid-fifties, he reached his tipping point: he was unwilling to live the rest of his life in pain and at the same time, realized that his condition was not going to improve without medical intervention. Shortly after, he saw an ad in his local newspaper from a doctor one town away that specialized in total ankle replacements, a procedure Len first heard about from a friend several years prior. A few months later, he scheduled an appointment with Dr. John Gregory from Active Foot and Ankle in nearby Lebanon, N.H.
“Dr. Gregory is a straight shooter, which I very much appreciate,” said Len. “He was very honest about my treatment options and we mutually agreed that a total ankle replacement would be the best choice for me.”
In November 2013, Dr. Gregory implanted the INBONE™ Total Ankle from Wright Medical into Len’s left foot.
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.
Within weeks of his surgery and with the assistance of crutches, Len was able to put limited weight on his foot. Much to his surprise and delight, once the discomfort associated with the surgery faded, he realized that for the first time in 15 years, he could put weight on his left foot without pain.
He began physical therapy and was able to discard his crutches before a teaching stint in Ecuador in early January 2014. Just a month after receiving his new ankle, and with Dr. Gregory’s blessing, Len quickly resumed one his favorite wintertime activities, cross-country skiing. By late February, his rehabilitation was complete and Len’s ankle problems were firmly in the rear-view mirror.
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 am very happy that I decided to undergo a total ankle replacement,” said Len. “While I am dealing with some loss of sensation on the bottom of my left foot, I am confident it will be restored. Receiving my new ankle has been one of the defining moments of my physical well-being.”
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.