Green Bay (WFRV) Ankle replacement surgery has developed rapidly in the last 10 years. Today, it’s proven to be a successful solution for people with severe ankle pain and arthritis.
A total ankle replacement is recommended for someone with advanced ankle arthritis, a damaged ankle joint, or other painful ankle condition. And it’s helping patients get back on their feet.
Roger Griinke is walking tall today, “My left ankle is like went back 50 years,” said Roger Griinke, patient.
Roger had suffered from ankle problems since he was 20- from being a pole climber in the army, “I had problems with my ankles pretty much after that and they steadily got worse for the next 50 years,” explained Roger.
His left ankle was so bad that just walking proved painful, “I would sprain them my left ankle on a regular basis I mean hundreds of times over 50 years. By the end of the day I could hardly walk,” said Roger.
Cortisone injections and special shoes eased the pain for awhile- but, “Nothing helped they just steadily kept getting worse and worse,” said Roger.
Roger finally went to see foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Jason Devries at Aurora BayCare Medical center, “He had a significant amount of arthritis really in both ankles but one in particular across the left side,” explained Jason Devries, foot and ankle surgeon, Aurora BayCare Medical center
Dr. Devries says the arthritis was caused by the sprains, “What ends up happening you end up having damage to the ligaments and the structure of the ankle and no longer is held perfectly together,” said Dr. Devries.
Roger had a couple of options an ankle fusion or replacement, “As long as people are candidates for ankle replacement it is my preference. It allows for a more normal gate, more normal motion, it protects other joints around it,” said Dr. Devries.
Roger opted for a total ankle replacement, “That’s where we cut out the bad part of the joint we remove the bad bones and the spurs anything that is worn down to nothing and replace it. We basically cap each end of the bone and put a metal spacer in there to allow a smooth gliding motion,” said Dr. Devries.
It is an open operation, “The operation went very, very smoothly exactly as we expected,” said Dr. Devries.
Six months later, “It’s like nothing ever happened I got a brand new ankle,” said Roger.
And the ankle should last him, “Best case I can say this will be good for him for the rest of his life. However, one out of ten people will have some problem within 10 years and we deal with that head on,” said Dr. Devries.
Roger will be having surgery soon on his right ankle – but it isn’t as damaged and he doesn’t need an ankle replacement.