Terry of Lewiston, Idaho, has always led an active lifestyle, from working on home improvement projects to playing characters like the Tin Man and Idaho Governor William Wallace in local theatre productions. Every year, he looks forward to the month of October when he puts his passion for both woodworking and acting to use by setting up a 1,500-square-foot haunted house in front of his garage. In 2009, however, his favorite hobbies and projects became more difficult when he had a growth removed from his right ankle. The operation left him in pain and with minimal soft tissue lining the ankle joint. He was told he would eventually need an ankle replacement.
Over the next several years, Terry continued to experience pain in his ankle, disrupting his day-to-day life in small ways. He could no longer easily spend time standing on stage or working on arduous construction projects for hours at a time without resting. An avid power walker, he regularly found himself “power limping” instead, and walking up and down stairs was difficult.
By 2015, Terry was experiencing such pain in his ankle that he knew he needed to find a solution. “I would be on it for half an hour and would need to be off my feet for the rest of the day,” Terry said. He mentioned his bad ankle to a friend, who recommended he visit Dr. Timothy Flock of Lewiston Orthopaedics to learn if he was a candidate for a total ankle replacement. Coincidentally, Dr. Flock was the physician who had previously removed the growth from Terry’s ankle.
“I went home and told my wife Dr. Flock was doing ankle replacements now, and she got right on the phone to set up an appointment,” Terry said. “I tried to tell her it wasn’t the right time for me, but she said, ‘It will never be the right time; we’re getting you in!’”
On September 8, 2016, Dr. Flock implanted the INFINITY™ Total Ankle Replacement in Terry’s right ankle. He stayed in the hospital overnight and returned home the next day in an ankle brace. A week later, he was already back at work recovering nicely, wearing a cast and using crutches to get around. Two weeks after that, he had migrated to a walking boot and started physical therapy. Within six weeks, he was walking on his own.
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.
Since receiving his new ankle, Terry can once again more easily take part in his day-to-day activities, including home improvement projects, power walking and janitorial work at his church. He’s no longer hobbling up and down stairs, and he looks forward to putting together his annual haunted house this October.
“I’m so glad that I got it done,” Terry said. “I’ve been putting Christmas decorations away, and it’s so nice to not have to sit down in between lifting boxes. I can do anything involving standing up and walking around much more easily.”
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.