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Marilyn

On May 11, 2008, Marilyn was in her garden enjoying a beautiful day when she tripped on a hose and broke her right ankle. Her family immediately took her to the emergency room where a doctor suggested surgery was needed to repair the break.

Several months later, Marilyn was out of her cast and ready to resume her daily activities. However, something was not right – she found herself in constant pain, simple household chores such as cooking and cleaning were tedious and slow. Eventually, her ankle pain started impacting her profession as a realtor. Marilyn’s job required her to be on her feet most of the day and she often had to leave work in the middle of the day to go home and elevate her leg.

Discouraged, Marilyn went back to the hospital in October 2008 for a second surgery. In an attempt to avoid ankle fusion surgery, the joint was cleaned out arthroscopically and two tightropes inserted to try to stabilize the joint. However, the joint continued to deteriorate and it seemed as if ankle fusion would be her only option.

In early 2009, Marilyn’s friend, an orthopedic product distributor, referred her to Dr. Chad Brady at the New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute. At the time, Dr. Brady was familiarizing himself with 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.

Dr. Brady believed Marilyn would be a great candidate for this new treatment option and in June performed his first INBONEprocedure on Marilyn with complete success. Just a few days after the operation, she was out of bed walking around with the aid of a walker.

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.

According to Marilyn, “I have been nothing but pleased with the outcome of my surgery. I honestly thought I was going to have to wear a brace on my ankle forever. You would never know there any been anything wrong, it’s truly amazing!”

As an active 71 year old, Marilyn hated the thought of having to lie around most of the day. Now, thanks to her new artificial ankle, she is able to resume her normal routine without anything slowing her down. This fall Marilyn was back to maintaining her vegetable garden, picking flowers and some fruit for her homemade jam. Marilyn was also able to resume a normal work schedule.

“I was so discouraged before I had this surgery and had even considered an ankle fusion,” said Marilyn. “I can’t speak more highly of my new ankle and would recommend it to anyone.”


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.