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Almost everyone is aware of key implant options that exist to replace a person’s arthritic hips and knees, but patients suffering from ankle osteoarthritis didn’t have many options until recently. However, technological advancements are changing the way this condition is treated, which makes Tim, a 55-year-old golf course superintendent, thankful.

Tim was always an active person. In high school, he played basketball, baseball, golf and continued actively playing both basketball and softball into his 40’s. He also spent much of his free time running local road races and coaching basketball. However, at age 41 he started to experience discomfort in the ankle he injured as a teenager. Gradually, the pain became more intense and prevented him from fully participating in all of the activities he enjoyed.

Tim underwent a surgical procedure in January of 2005 on his ankle joint with the hope that it would relieve the pain he was experiencing each day. Although he felt some initial relief, the pain and swelling in his ankle came back with greater intensity. When he sat down for an extended period of time, he found it difficult to stand. He was forced to give up coaching because he couldn’t stand for prolonged periods of time or run up and down the sidelines. His running career hit an abrupt end and he couldn’t even walk the golf course any longer. In fact, he began walking with a limp and simple everyday tasks, such as getting the mail, were becoming increasingly difficult.

Each day Tim grew more frustrated by his inability to lead an active full life. Although he was undergoing physical therapy, it wasn’t enough. He began researching options to treat ankle osteoarthritis and learned about the cutting edge technology that Dr. Stephen Brigido used to treat patients.

After examining his ankle, Dr. Brigido suggested that Tim consider an INBONE Total Ankle Replacement. Tim didn’t realize that artificial ankles existed and had the potential to relieve him of his pain. After some consideration, Tim decided to proceed with the ankle replacement in April of 2008. The results have been outstanding, in Tim’s opinion.

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.

Shortly after surgery, Tim began physical therapy and the mild post-operative pain quickly subsided. Within several weeks he was walking with the assistance of an orthopedic boot. Each day he felt his ankle getting stronger and he gradually began re-engaging in his favorite hobbies. Tim said, “It is amazing how much better I feel without the throbbing pain in my ankle. I had forgotten what it was like to enjoy recreational activities without 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.

Today, Tim is able to walk and play golf and no longer struggles to walk the golf course where he works. Everyday tasks are no longer as challenging and he no longer walks with a limp. Tim is thrilled with his artificial ankle and is grateful to be able to enjoy his hobbies once again.

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.