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Steve

For anyone that plays basketball, spraining one’s ankle can be a common occurrence. Steve, 63, can attest to that. When he began actively playing back in the 60’s, Steve frequently suffered from sprained ankles. His solution was to tape them or wear a brace. He loved the sport and refused to let the pain keep him off the court, that is until ten years ago when the pain in his ankles refused to subside.

Steve twice went to the orthopedic surgeons to have bone spurs removed, hoping that would help with the pain. When that did not work he went to several local physicians to consult about his options. Since Steve was only in his early 50’s his physicians felt he was too young to undergo a total ankle replacement. Steve decided to tough it out and took Celebrex to help with the pain and swelling.

As an anthropology teacher at a local community college in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Steve had difficulty performing his job. The campus is laid out on a large area of land, requiring him to walk long distances to get from one classroom to the next. Standing on his feet all day also started to become a problem, causing his ankle to swell up so much that by the end of the day, he could barely walk.

Finally in 2007, his daughter did some research on ankle replacements and came across the INBONE Total Ankle.

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.

Having watched her father suffer for so many years, she convinced him to look into the new replacement. During his research, Steve found Dr. James DeOrio at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Since Dr. DeOrio had completed the most INBONE Total Ankle replacements, Steve decided to fly all the way to North Carolina from his home in Colorado to meet with him. On May 22nd, 2008, Steve had his ankle replaced at the Duke University Medical Center.

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.

He remained in the hospital for 24 hours and was able to return home to Colorado after only three days. Steve is a member of a local rock & roll band and was eager to get back to playing keyboards. After only two weeks, Steve was back on stage, his foot elevated on the keyboard amp while he played. His quick recovery continued and after eight weeks, he was walking around without crutches and more importantly without any pain.

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.

“It’s amazing,” Steve said. “For the first time in ten years I can walk up and down the stairs without having to hang on to a rail. I marvel at it. The whole family thinks it’s a miracle.”

Steve has since returned to school for the new academic year. For the first time, he no longer has to leave extra time in between classes to walk across campus. According to his students and colleagues, this is the healthiest Steve has looked in years. As a whitewater canoeist, Steve can finally get back to fighting the rapid currents rather than the chronic pain in his ankles.

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.