Inbone Ankle Replacement
Updated: Monday, February 3 2014, 09:12 PM EST
Fusion surgery to relieve chronic arthritis pain in the ankle is no longer the only option.
As News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us, full ankle replacement is being done here in Asheville with amazing results.
It's been one year since arthritis-plagued Tom Hunt underwent a complete left-ankle replacement known as the inbone procedure.
The ankle replacement itself is made up of the metal component that goes into the tibia with the plastic piece attached to it and then the metal implant that replaces the top of the talis and then it articulates like this within the ankle.
Tom Hunt, patient, "I stayed off and followed instructions and it wasn't that difficult."
Recovery time, like any total joint or large orthopedic operation, is in between 4 to 6 months, sometimes up to 9 months.
Tom, "I'm back to normal. I work, I lift, my hobby is riding horses, playing golf and hiking...I'm right back there."
Dr. Peter Mangone, Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, "so, the inbone total ankle provides us with that opportunity to get the best alignment and by doing so, hopefully improve the longevity of the total ankle."
All the while improving quality of life while virtually eliminating pain from arthritis.
Doctor Mangone says the success rate locally is about 90 percent. Most insurance will cover the procedure, but it's not for everyone.
Patients who are overweight or don't have a good range of motion in the ankle before surgery typically don't do as well.