Melody, 55, has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years. Pain became such a part of her life that – when her ankles started hurting – she ignored the discomfort and lived for more than seven years with a severely restricted quality of life.
When she went to a routine check up with her physician, she finally mentioned the pain. After x-raying Melody’s ankle, her physician referred her to an orthopedic surgeon, who explained that this type of ankle pain is not uncommon in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and could be corrected. He went on to explain several surgical options to Melody, including a procedure called INBONE™ Total Ankle replacement.
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.
Melody was “shocked that there was [a procedure] out there that could do something about the pain.” After doing some research online, Melody decided within days to schedule the surgery. Three weeks later, at the Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, New Jersey, Melody underwent an INBONE™ Total Ankle replacement procedure. She felt minimal pain during and after the total ankle replacement surgery and was even able to “hobble around” afterwards. She initially recovered in a wheelchair because crutches would irritate the arthritis in her arms, but she progressed to a walker only two months after the surgery.
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.
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.
A skier before her ankle problems, Melody was forced to eliminate the hobby because she could not stand for a long period of time. Now, thanks to the surgery, she can stand up much longer and is considering taking up new hobbies.
Thanks to the success of her first operation, Melody underwent a second INBONE™ Total Ankle replacement procedure – this time on her other ankle. She is looking forward to pain relief in her ankle. Melody has recommended the INBONE™ Total Ankle replacement procedure to several friends and has received overwhelmingly positive responses.
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.