MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - After suffering severe injuries including a broken right ankle after being in a car accident, Kathleen,20, continued to experience discomfort which included breaking that ankle again a year later.
The pain became so intense that she could barely walk.
After her second ankle break, Kathleen visited an orthopedic specialist to find out what her options were.
At the time, she was too young for an ankle fusion or total ankle replacement so her physician prescribed cortisone shots and over-the-counter pain medication in an attempt to reduce the pain.
Although the shots and pain medication helped initially, the effects proved to be short-lived and were in no way a permanent solution for Kathleen. She led a very active lifestyle, including dancing, walking and being outdoors, so it was difficult for her to accept the limitations she was facing.
In 2009, Kathleen scheduled a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Sharpe of Orthopedic Associates of Lake County where she discussed different surgical options, including ankle fusion or a total ankle replacement.
Kathleen opted not to undergo the ankle fusion procedure as it would seriously restrict her range of motion. And again Dr. Sharpe wouldn't recommend her for ankle replacement, because she was considered too young so she continued with cortisone shots.
However, in early 2012, Dr. Sharpe informed Kathleen that she was a good candidate for the INBONE® Total Ankle System from Wright Medical.
Kathleen looked into what having the procedure meant for her and what she could expect.
She decided she would go ahead and schedule the surgery and in doing so, would become the first patient in the Cleveland area to be implanted with INBONE®.
The INBONE® Total Ankle System 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 System 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 System.
Talk to your doctor to discuss your lifestyle and health to find out if surgery with the INBONE® Total Ankle System is a good option for you.
In June 2012, Kathleen received her new ankle. The procedure called for her to stay completely off her foot for six weeks then she was given a walking cast. After six more weeks of in-home physical therapy, Kathleen went back to work on crutches, which she used for two weeks when walking long distances. She eventually eased off of them until she was walking around comfortably.
Many factors contribute to the length of hospital stay and rehabilitation. These factors include, but are not limited to, the patient's age and health at the time of surgery as well as the 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 the heart or lungs.
Today, Kathleen is once again living the active life that she enjoys with barely any discomfort. She is dancing, walking every day and has taken up swimming. "I am so happy that I was able to resume my favorite activities, especially dancing," says Kathleen. "My new ankle gave me my rhythm back."
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