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Margie, a 66 year-old Pennsylvania resident, endured several years of pain and suffering before undergoing successful ankle replacement surgery. Margie worked for years in a factory production line where she walked on a hard cement floor, which she believes accelerated the wear-and-tear of her joints. When her children were grown and grandchildren started to arrive, Margie (only in her mid 50s at the time) began to experience discomfort in her ankles. At first the pain didn’t prevent her from doing the things she loved, such as country dancing with her husband, but eventually her arthritic ankles forced her to slow down.

As her arthritis got progressively worse, everyday tasks became increasingly more complicated. Going to the playground with her grandchildren wasn’t as enjoyable as it had been, basic housework was difficult, and grocery shopping was nearly impossible. When the pain in her ankles caused her to sit out some of her favorite line dances, Margie knew she needed to seek treatment. However, medication failed to offer any relief and her limited mobility was becoming increasingly frustrating.

Margie said, “Every aspect of my life was challenging, and I was really starting to get discouraged.” To make matters worse, in order to compensate for pain, her feet began to turn in unnaturally which caused her to walk differently. Margie researched her options, but was not satisfied with what she learned. She spoke with a friend in the medical field who recommended Dr. Benjamin Overly of the Sports Medicine Institute in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. After researching Dr. Overly, including reading several articles about him and learning about different procedure he performs, she sought out his expertise.

Dr. Overly suggested the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement from Wright. 

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.

Although Margie was hesitant to undergo surgery, after discussing it with her family, she decided it was the best course of action for her. On July 10, 2008, she was implanted with her artificial ankle and the results have been beyond her expectations.

Margie awoke from surgery without the sharp arthritic pain in the replaced ankle that she had dealt with for years. As time went by, she began reengaging in everyday activities, such as grocery shopping and basic household chores. While she enjoyed the independence that her ankle replacement gave her, she was most happy doing activities with her grandchildren and country dancing again.

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.

However, her right ankle was becoming increasingly painful. Because of the success with the left ankle, she decided to proceed with an INBONE Total Ankle Replacement on her right ankle as soon as possible. In February 2009, she underwent an ankle replacement on her right ankle with the same outstanding results. As Margie says, “I enjoy playing with my grandchildren during the day, and I can two-step again at night with my husband. Thanks to my new ankles, I am enjoying every minute of my life.”

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.