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50-year-old Galesville resident Roxanne was a University of Wisconsin student in 1981 when she was involved in a motorcycle accident that left her ankle broken and several tendons completely ripped apart. The injury was so gruesome that the ER surgeon proposed an amputation. After Roxanne declined the doctor stitched her up, but her ankle was badly deformed, bearing little resemblance to how it looked before the accident.

The accident shattered her dreams of becoming a retail buyer and for the next ten years, Roxanne lived in constant pain. Her injury meant full-time retail work was out of the question; instead, she held various odd jobs while raising her children. Though her discomfort was tolerable with medication, normal activities like walking with friends, gardening and exercising were close to impossible.

In 1990, upset with the limitations her ankle pain caused, Roxanne visited the surgeon who treated her after the crash nine years earlier. Although the surgeon performed several reconstructive surgeries to repair her ankle, much of the bone in her ankle was gone and a bone fusion provided little pain relief. The physician believed that additional surgeries would be of little use and once again proposed an amputation. Roxanne rejected the idea and resigned herself to living a restricted lifestyle.

Refusing to give up, she continued to research her options and learned of Dr. Gregory Berlet at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. During the initial visit, Dr. Berlet suggested that she was an ideal candidate for an artificial ankle, which he believed would give her an opportunity to reclaim her life. Willing to take one more shot at normalcy, Roxanne was implanted with the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement from Wright in January 2009.

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.

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.

After 2.5 months of physical therapy, Roxanne was a completely new woman. She has since completed a 2,500-mile motorcycle trek, a snowshoe hike and many horseback rides. Roxanne says, “I never thought I would be able to really live again. It is incredible to do things that haven’t been possible for me for thirty years!”

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.