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Sixty-six year old Michael rarely leaves his feet. As a career soldier, he spent thirty years in the United States Army before retiring in 1994 at the rank of Sergeant Major. Michael is not the type to pull up a chair and watch TV all day, so when he hung up his uniform for good, he began taking frequent 2-3 mile walks with his dog throughout the neighborhoods of Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, FL.

In 2009, the pace of Michael’s walks began to slow due to a growing discomfort in his left ankle. Ever the soldier, Michael brushed aside the pain and continued his daily marches around the base. It wasn’t until he was confronted by friends and neighbors, who were alarmed that he was virtually hobbling, that Michael met with a doctor. By this time, he was using a cane to help take the pressure off his ankle and maintain his balance.

Michael’s primary care physician referred him to Dr. Shayne Jensen of Gulf Coast Podiatry Foot & Ankle Surgery Center. After examining his ankle, Dr. Jensen explained to Michael that the pain was due to a lack of cartilage in his ankle joint, possibly caused by osteoarthritis. Michael was eager to get walking again and the two immediately started to discuss options for treatment

Dr. Jensen believed that Michael was an ideal patient for a total ankle replacement. Although he was aware of artificial hips and knees, Michael was not familiar with artificial ankles. But after discussing the procedure with Dr. Jensen, he was convinced that it was the best option to regain his mobility and the daily walks that he enjoyed so much.

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.

In July 2010, Michael received the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement from Wright Medical. Shortly after receiving his new ankle, the sharp pain that had constantly accompanied Michael was reduced to a mild discomfort. After just three months of physical therapy, Michael rebuilt the strength of his ankle and is back to walking about a mile per day, a distance that continues to increase.

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.

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.