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Forty years ago, Ronald was working in a manufacturing plant when he jumped off a fork lift and landed awkwardly on his right ankle. He immediately felt a surge of pain and assumed that it was broken. His boss underestimated the injury and handed him some arthritis pills to help him manage the pain. Ronald took the pills for a month while the bone healed incorrectly.

Since then, not a day has gone by that Ronald has not been in pain. He was forced to wear high top shoes to alleviate the pressure on his ankle and often fell while walking. Stairs were a problem, forcing him to climb or descend sideways. “It was as if I was walking on broken glass all the time,” Ronald said.

Over time, after the pain spread to Ronald’s neck and back, he visited a chiropractor for some help. Learning that his new problems were caused by his original ankle injury, Ronald had finally had enough. He did not want to spend another minute in pain and scheduled an appointment with Dr. Craig Breslauer, a podiatrist at South Florida Orthopedics.

Ronald’s x-rays were eye-opening: he had severe arthritis, a few bone spurs and no cartilage left in his ankle, which explained why it felt as though he was always walking on glass. Dr. Breslauer recommended an 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.

Ronald underwent the procedure in July of 2009 and was able to return home the following day. Ronald was given pain medication for the procedure but only needed one pill. In fact, Ronald was so impressed by his new artificial ankle that he recommended the INBONE ankle replacement to one of his friends.

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.

Four months post surgery, Ronald is a changed man, able to walk on his own without pain for the first time in forty years.

“My new ankle has been absolutely fabulous. I’ve had no pain since the surgery and everything went terrific,” he said. “The results have been absolutely fantastic. I no longer feel like I am walking on glass.”

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.