Surgery on My Ankle Two Months Later

It’s been two months now since surgery on my ankle at the beginning of October and I couldn’t be happier. Sure my ankle is still stiff and there’s continued numbness around my toes. But, the pain from the end stage ankle arthritis I was suffering has ceased completely. I continue to get physical therapy and religiously do my exercises at home, adding more as my ankle replacement improves. I saw Dr. Clanton at The Steadman […]

Transitioning to Shoes After TAR Surgery

It’s been a somewhat challenging couple of weeks. Now that I’m over six weeks out from my TAR surgery, I’ve been able to achieve the next phase of recovery. I’m now out of the walking boot and into hiking boots pretty much full time. Transition Protocol I’ve been following the protocol given to me by Dr. Clanton at The Steadman Clinic that has a two week procedure for moving fully into a shoe. It hasn’t […]

Four Weeks After My Ankle Replacement and I’m 100% Weight-bearing!

Two Weeks of Physical Therapy and I Lose the Crutches. It’s been two weeks now of PT and four since my ankle replacement surgery and I’m 100% weight-bearing! It’s been a cautious fourteen days with a gradual increase every two days of the amount of weight I put on my new ankle replacement. I’m very happy. I couldn’t have anticipated how easily everything has gone. I have religiously been doing the exercises Matt, my physical […]

Beginning Ankle Replacement Physical Therapy

My Two Week Follow-up With Yolanda driving, we arrive at The Steadman Clinic for my follow up appointment two weeks after my ankle replacement surgery. I crutch, to coin a verb, down the hallway lined with photos, jerseys and thank you’s from many of the famous professional athletes The Steadman Clinic has fixed over the years.  Injured skiers are there in spades. Football, basketball, hockey and soccer players from around the world have been returned […]

Two Weeks Flat on my Back Following TAR Surgery

I settled in quickly at our friend Thelma’s house near Vail for the first two weeks after my TAR surgery. It is a beautiful fall and the view from my upstairs bedroom is a panorama of yellows, greens and golds. A Daily Routine Develops A routine develops of somewhat uncomfortable, intermittent, (thank God for the urinal) sleep, waking earlier than I would like, draping myself with the nerve block pumps and hobbling cautiously to the […]

Ankle Replacement Recovery; Necessities to Ease Your Time .

Our dear friend Thelma graciously invited Yolanda and me to spend the first couple weeks of my ankle replacement recovery at her lovely home in the Vail area. My other options, either at our cabin or our condo in the foothills outside Denver, involved difficult situations like uneven ground, carrying firewood, outdoor plumbing or several flights of stairs. Thankfully, Thelma’s got a stairlift eliminating any need to climb stairs on crutches. I’m tentative and apprehensive […]

A Night in the Hospital After A Morning of Ankle Replacement Surgery

My total ankle replacement surgery with the Wright Inbone 2 ankle required only a short 2 1/2 hours. I wouldn’t have known because I was out cold. All I remember was them putting a mask over my nose and mouth, telling me to breathe and then waking up with a massive splint on my leg. Yolanda is by my side and tells me everything had gone well. Being very thirsty, a nurse brings me water […]

Ankle Replacement Final Prep and Almost Getting My Surgery Nixed

Pre-op Preparations After returning home from winterizing our cabin in western Colorado and getting a chance to photograph some Fall Color, it was time to begin the final prep for my ankle replacement surgery. I had received specific instructions from the Vail Hospital and Dr. Clanton’s office. Their goal is for a successful surgery with the least possibility of complications and especially infection. Other than any prescribed medications, I was to quit taking all anti-inflammatory […]

Next Steps Toward Ankle Replacement Surgery

After my decision to have total ankle replacement surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Clanton, the foot and ankle specialist at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, he gave me a prescription for the special CAT scan of my ankle and lower leg that would be used to fabricate the implant and guides particular to my ankle and tibia. This is one of the essential next steps toward total ankle replacement surgery using the Inbone 2 device. […]