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Sandra, a retired nurse from Westport, Massachusetts, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle of travel and fun with her family. She is a grandmother of six and enjoys spending time with them doing crafts and chasing them around the beach in the summer. Unfortunately, in 2014 she was in a car accident that resulted in an open fracture to her right tibia and fibula, as well as an ankle dislocation. The pain was progressive and soon after the accident she developed arthritis. She was determined to continue living her life, so she tried to manage the pain with Ibuprofen, but was unsuccessful.

A few months later in 2015, Sandra and her husband headed across the country to Canada for a family reunion, when she realized she wouldn’t be able to power through the pain any longer. It became increasingly difficult to walk and she found herself sitting out of activities due to her ankle. She researched foot and ankle doctors online and found Dr. Philip Basile of Crimson Foot and Ankle Specialists in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

When Sandra met Dr. Basile, she told him she thought her only option would be an amputation, but after an x-ray, Dr. Basile suggested she get a total ankle replacement. Sandra had not heard of this type of procedure before, but Dr. Basile explained new technology. Sandra decided to go through with the procedure and on December 8, 2016 Dr. Basile implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement into Sandra’s right ankle.

The INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement is intended to be used to treat patients with ankle joints damaged by severe arthritis or a failed previous ankle surgery. The INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement is intended to give patients limited mobility by reducing pain and restoring movement in the ankle.

Not everyone is a good candidate for the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement. Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement is a good option for you.

After the surgery, Sandra was able to go home in a walking cast and walk around on a limited basis. She kept the walking cast on for three weeks and then transitioned to a boot for three weeks. She attended physical therapy, but felt as though the best rehabilitation for her ankle was walking and as soon as the boot came off (six weeks post-surgery) she was able to walk anywhere, unassisted with no issues.

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.

Just last month, Sandra took a cruise to the Caribbean on a boat that didn’t have elevators and that was a big test for her new ankle. In March, she will be volunteering with her husband for a robotics competition between local high schools and she hopes to make it to the world competition in St. Louis, where they will need to walk around a large convention center. She has no worries that her ankle will allow her to keep up with these activities.

“I would recommend pursuing an ankle replacement. Before the surgery, I couldn’t walk around without pain, but now that I’m recovered, I’m looking forward to playing with my grandkids this summer and getting back to my active life.”

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.