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Mary

The saga of 67-year-old Mary’s left ankle began when she was a 17 year-old senior in high school. During a basketball game, Mary fell and sprained her left ankle. After a trip to the hospital, Mary hobbled away on crutches. It took several months for the pain to go away and would come back again with a vengeance a few years later.

As an active young adult with a love for sports, Mary sprained her ankle several more times playing volleyball, tennis and softball. Fast forward several years and the ligament around Mary’s ankle was stretched and loose so she decided to move forward with a surgery that would repair the torn ligaments and tendons in the ankle.

It took about one year for Mary’s ankle to fully heal after the operation, including six months of physical therapy that took her away from the sports that she loved so much. Thankfully, the surgery was a success and she lived a normal life for more than twenty years.

A few years before the turn of the century, Mary was about 50 years old and had spent her time doing routine things like working, volunteering, staying active and fulfilling her duties as a mother. When the pain reappeared, Mary was determined to “grin and bear it.” She continued to play tennis, softball and other sports that caused her ligaments and tendons to wear away to the point that her ankle bones rubbed together. As the pain progressed, she found herself skipping out on some of her favorite activities or shortening her walks, which had become so painful, people could tell something was wrong by the angle of her gait. For the next 15 years, Mary lived her life in pain.

“One morning in 2013 I woke up and knew it was time to see a doctor. My ankle hurt 24/7, all the time,” said Mary. She scheduled an appointment with Dr. Kelly McCormick at Hope Orthopedics in Salem, Oregon. who suggested two options, both of which she had never heard of. She could move forward with an ankle fusion or she could be implanted with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System.

Mary was nervous to move forward with the total ankle replacement so she initially opted for the ankle fusion. Dr. McCormick then provided her with a boot that simulated the mobility, or lack thereof, that she would have to live with on a fused ankle. After wearing the boot for just one hour, Mary knew that this was not the best option for her.

The INBONE™ Total Ankle System 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 System 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 System. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System is a good option for you.

In October 2013, Mary was implanted with the INBONE™ Total Ankle System on her left foot and was walking without assistance just two months later. When she realized, to her amazement, that the pain in her ankle had disappeared after just ten days, she knew she made the right decision.

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.

Today, Mary has returned to the activities she has always loved, including tennis, and can often be found playing basketball with her three grandchildren. “I couldn’t be happier that I decided to get the ankle replaced,” she said.


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.

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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.