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Foot and Ankle
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 21, 2013
The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a comprehensive story on hammertoes, including causes, prevalence and available treatments. Health Editor Ellen Kleinerman focused specifically on how factors such as wearing inappropriate footwear, injury to a toe and joint diseases can cause the painful condition. The article alluded to the inconvenience and discomfort associated with K-Wires and the positive benefits of the MiToe™ Hammertoe Fixation System. Cynthia Pittman-Osula, who underwent six hammertoe corrections with the MiToe™ Implant, noted that before she elected to undergo surgery, she could barely walk. Today, she is walking pain free. Dr. Richard Berkowitz of Complete Foot Care stated that the permanent nature of the MiToe™ Hammertoe Fixation System reduces the chances of hammertoes returning.
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. The opinions of Dr. Berkowitz are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
Chicago Life Magazine
February 24, 2013
Reporter Pamela McKuen wrote a feature article on advancements in joint replacement surgery, including the proliferation of total ankle replacements. McKuen specifically highlighted the benefits of the INBONE® Total Ankle replacement system including the precision of the INBONE® and its ability to mimic the fluidity of the natural ankle in motion. Dr. Douglas Pacaccio, a podiatrist with Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons in Sycamore, Ill., provided additional perspective about the increasing prevalence of total ankle replacements.
The opinions of Dr. Pacaccio are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
- Ankle replacement a viable option for injuries
Sierra Vista Herald
January 20, 2013
Tucson, Arizona resident Michael Hill and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Landis at Tucson Orthopedic Institute were interviewed for an article on the INBONE® Total Ankle replacement that appeared in the Sierra Vista Herald newspaper. In 2009, Hill fell off a six-foot ladder fracturing the lower portion of his right leg; the injury required major surgery. Six months later, Hill began to experience pain in his right ankle, an MRI revealed that the prior injury caused damage to his ankle joint and the cartilage was wearing out. After learning about the benefits of the INBONE® Total Ankle replacement procedure, Hill elected to go back under the knife. Just 4 months after his surgery, Hill regained the mobility in his ankle and was back to work, pain free.
The opinions of Dr. Landis are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
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The Henderson Press
July 26, 2012
Stiff joints and arthritis are nothing new for medical professionals, but ankle replacement surgery is catching on as a new tool to combat these common conditions. | more
The Henderson Press
August 3, 2012
Henderson, Nev. resident Tom Thomason and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Troy Watson at Desert Orthopaedic Clinic were interviewed for an article on total ankle replacements that appeared in The Henderson Press. Tom injured his ankle as a young athlete while serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces and eventually developed severe arthritis. He endured years of constant pain and difficulty walking before he finally consulted his physician. Tom declined an ankle fusion procedure that would have limited his mobility and chose the INBONE® Total Ankle System to replace his right ankle. Today Tom is walking without pain, able to play with his grandchildren and go on walks with his family. The opinions of Dr. Watson are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
The Osakis Review
May 30, 2012
Osakis, Minn. resident Lindsay Niehoff and Dr. Russell Sticha at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists were interviewed for an article on total ankle replacements that appeared in The Osakis Review. Lindsay dealt with ankle pain for five years after she broke and dislocated her left ankle in December 2004. The initial surgery to place pins and a plate in her joint left Lindsay with pain when walking and limited her range of motion. In 2009 Lindsay received the INBONE® Total Ankle System in her left ankle. Today she has regained much of her mobility and is able to enjoy golf without pain. The opinions of Dr. Sticha are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
The Knoxville Journal
April 27, 2012
Maryville, Tenn. resident Cindy Moore and her orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tracy Pesut at Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic, were interviewed for an article on total ankle replacements that appeared in the Knoxville Journal. Moore previously had an ankle fusion on her right ankle and was not satisfied with the outcome. However, she was pleased with the results of the INBONE® Total Ankle System that Dr. Pesut implanted in her left ankle. For the first time in several years, Cindy is now able to move around without having to rely on a motorized scooter or wheelchair. The opinions of Dr. Pesut are hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
March 27, 2012
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Tracy Pesut and her patient Cindy are interviewed for a segment on total ankle replacements. Cindy previously had an ankle fusion on her right ankle and preferred the INBONE® Total Ankle System that Dr. Pesut implanted on her left ankle because the INBONE® procedure is performed without fusing the bones or implanting metal screws. Cindy is now able to move around without the help of equipment like a motorized scooter, wheelchair or crutches, which she relied on prior to surgery. The opinions of Dr. Pesut are hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
January 12, 2012
Podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh and his patient Schanel are interviewed for a segment on hammertoe. The segment includes footage of Dr. Sadrieh using the PRO-TOE™ VO Hammertoe Fixation System to correct two hammertoes on Schanel’s feet. Just two days following surgery, Schanel’s toes are notably shorter and straighter. The opinions of Dr. Sadrieh are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
November 30, 2011
Summary: Ogden resident Duane Christensen and his physician Dr. Jeffrey Rocco were interviewed for a segment on total ankle replacements as a treatment for severe arthritis. Duane received the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement to alleviate progressive and debilitating pain in his right ankle that made walking all but impossible. The opinions of Dr. Rocco are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. | more
June 29, 2011
Summary: Medical Reporter Jeremy Cox at the Florida Times-Union interviewed Dr. Ryan Pereira at Anastasia Medical Group for his weekly Health Caring podcast. Dr. Pereira discussed INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement by Wright Medical and explained how total ankle replacements have gained in popularity over ankle fusion because of improvements in the design of ankle implants, which allow for more ankle mobility and better patient outcomes. | more
The opinions of Dr. Pereira are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
February 06, 2011
Summary: In this Panama City News Herald story, Writer Chris Segal reports on the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement by Wright Medical. Dr. Shayne Jensen of Gulf Coast Podiatry Foot and Ankle Surgery Center in Panama City, Fla. explains how the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement uses an artificial prosthesis to offer patients suffering from ankle pain better mobility without the restricted movement that results from an ankle fusion procedure, another treatment option for ankle issues. Dr. Jensen’s patient Mike Mead says that he has been impressed with his progress since his total ankle replacement in July, noting that he has been able to resume his daily, mile-long walks, which at one point became impossible due to his ankle pain. | more
WTVT-TV Fox 13 Tampa
November 9, 2010
Summary: Health Reporter Dr. Joette Giovinco of WTVT-TV (FOX) in Tampa speaks with Dr. Nathan Penney about the benefits of the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement from the operating room. Dr. Giovinco also speaks with patient James Triplett who received his INBONE® implant in February 2010 and is walking around without severe pain for the first time in years. | more
September 2, 2010
Summary: This article in the Tampa Tribune details the story of local resident Jim Triplett, whose left ankle healed improperly after a car accident three decades ago. As the years went by, his ankle deteriorated, forcing him to give up some of his favorite activities, such as golfing and bowling. Jim was implanted with the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement earlier this year and was back at work within 10 days and back on the driving range a few months later. In the article, his surgeon, Dr. Nathan Penney at Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay, talks about why he uses INBONE® for total ankle replacements. | more
Ocala Star Banner
July 21, 2010
Summary: Ocala Star Banner reporter Jackie Alexander reports on the first INBONE® procedure performed in the North Central Florida area by Dr. Robert Linn Jr. and Dr. Scott Goldstein at the Foot and Ankle Center of Ocala. Dr. Linn explains that individuals ages thirty to eighty can be candidates for the surgery, but high impact activities such as tennis or basketball are discouraged after surgery. Dr. Linn also states that the procedure enables individuals to return to a normal routine upon recovery. Drs. Linn and Goldstein are photographed at their practice with a post-operation x-ray of their patient's ankle. | more
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX
July 2, 2010
Summary: This segment that aired on the NBC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas highlights INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement patient Ron Siliven and the improvement in his quality-of-life after his ankle replacement procedure. In fact, Ron states that his new ankle allowed him to dance with his wife for the first time in three years. Dr. Marvin Brown of The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group is also featured in the segment and notes that for many patients, INBONE® is an improvement on ankle fusion. | more
St. Louis Globe-Democrat
June 29, 2010
Summary: In this June 29th article, Dr. Gary Schmidt of St. Louis explains how far the technological advances for ankle replacements have come over several decades as a viable option for patients suffering from ankle osteoarthritis. Dr. Schmidt discusses how the INBONE® Total Ankle System is his preferred treatment for severe ankle pain caused by arthritis. | more
June 29, 2010
Summary: This June 29th article, in the Reading Eagle, features double INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement patient Marjie Baer and her experiences with ankle osteoarthritis. Marjie explains the limitations she endured in her family and social life because of her arthritic ankles and how the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement gave her back her life. | more
NBC-4 Columbus, OH
May 21, 2010
Summary: This segment on total ankle replacements aired in May on the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Reporter Marshall McPeek speaks with Dr. Thomas Lee's patient, Tammy Cyrus, who shares her happiness at being able to once again enjoy activities that many people take for granted, such as shopping, cooking for her family and walking in the park. | more
May 4, 2010
Summary: Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement helped patient Timothy McAvoy return to golf and other activities that he had to quit due to ankle arthritis. Also in the story, Dr. Steve Brigido talks about how INBONE® ankle replacement has helped patients return to an active life style. The story was aired on nearly 80 local newscasts around the country, including the ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas. | more
Saturday Evening Post
Summary: This Saturday Evening Post article details how advancements in total ankle replacement technologies, including Wright's INBONE® implant, are helping those with severe arthritis get back on their feet. Patients Jeanne St. John and Timothy McAvoy describe how severe arthritic pain in their ankles limited every aspect of their lives, and how the INBONE® total ankle has enabled them to return to their favorite hobbies and activities.
New York Times
January 19, 2010
Summary: This January 19th New York Times article discusses the technological advancements and growing popularity of total ankle replacements. It also features an INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement patient Andrew Keaveney and commentary by Dr. Craig Radnay of the Insall Scott Institute for Orthopedics. The article details which patients are best candidates for the procedure as well as the improved success rates with improved design. Lifestyle benefits, such as a return to walking and golfing, are also mentioned as benefits of ankle replacement. | more
South Bend Tribune
December 23, 2009
Summary:This article, in the South Bend Tribune, features INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement patient Harry Platt and his experiences with ankle osteoarthritis and ankle replacement surgery. Harry explains how his constant arthritic pain was limiting every aspect of his life and how the INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement is helping him return to all of the activities he loves.
December 21, 2009
Summary:This segment was featured on Columbia S.C. NBC affiliate WIS-TV 10, reported by Dawndy Mercer Plank on the December 21st 6 PM newscast on the daily "Health Alert". Blythewood, S.C. resident and INBONE® Total Ankle patient Elizabeth Lucas is highlighted at her home demonstrating and speaking about the improvements to her quality of life upon receiving her total ankle replacement surgery. Dr. Robert Santrock of Midlands Orthopedics in Columbia, S.C. is also interviewed, showing the audience how he performed Elizabeth's surgery. Mercer Plank captures Elizabeth's thoughts about her surgery, "For a few minutes after my surgery, I had tears in my eyes, this surgery was a dream come true!" | more
The Blythewood Leader
October 8, 2009
Summary: This article profiles Blythewood, S.C. resident and INBONE® patient Elizabeth Lucas and her impressive return to complete ankle use after a debilitating injury 32 years ago. Elizabeth is now able to live an active life thanks to Dr. Robert Santrock at Midlands Orthopaedics in Columbia, S.C., who indicated that within a month of receiving INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement surgery, Elizabeth recovered 50 percent ankle mobility. Dr. Santrock explains, "We believe Elizabeth's successful surgery demonstrates the succinct structure and longevity provided by INBONE® Total Ankle."
- Artificial ankle designed to work like the real thing
The Modesto Bee
December 22, 2008
Summary: This article profiles Victor Neufer, who injured his ankle in a biking accident. Doctors found the 49-year-old Modesto resident had bone degeneration, spurs and other problems, and he wasn't a good candidate for a fusion procedure commonly given to patients after years of suffering. Victor received Wright's INBONE® Total Ankle implant. He is now able to walk again and expects a complete recovery to follow soon.
December 18, 2008
Summary: Larry Burnett, 63, suffers from osteoarthritis, and his right hip has been replaced. But Burnett says his ankle has bothered him for more than 40 years. Traditonal ankle replacements have a high failure rate, but Burnett agreed to get a newer version of an ankle replacement, a prosthesis placed inside the shin bone in sections. After years of carefully watching his ankle, Larry is now free from pain and is able to participate in the activities he enjoys most. | more
- Jeanne St. John steps lively with new ankles
December 12, 2008
Summary: Jeanne St. John, 65, has suffered from weak ankles since high school. She used to sprain her ankles doing simple daily activities. Doctors spent years looking for a solution that would work for her. Finally she received the INBONE® Total Ankle implant. Now Jeanne is able to walk without pain and stand under her own power.
November 24, 2008
Summary: Years after Charlene Bennett's broken ankle was healed, she still suffered from constant pain. Thanks to Dr. Drew Murphy, she is now pain free just nine months after an ankle replacement surgery with an implant from Wright Medical. Ankle replacement procdures are making a comeback thanks to several new FDA-approved artifical joints now on the market. Ankle replacement is more difficult and less common that other joint procedures like hip replacements. Bennett's considers her surgery a succcess, and she is happy to have put away her wheelchair and crutches. | more
Fox 13 News
October 8, 2008
Summary: Charlene Bennett, an elderly woman, was suffered for nine years from a previously broken right ankle. It eventually was subject to severe arthritis. She was facing either an ankle fusion or complete immobility until Dr. Drew Murphy told her about Wright's INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement. Charlene has since regained her mobility and her quality of life.
October 7, 2008
Summary: Steve Cassels, 63, has sprained his ankle over 40 times throughout his career as a basketball player and coach. His ankle problems reached critical levels when he had worn away most of his cartilage and was suffering extreme pain if he walked more than 10-15 minutes per day. Steve received the INBONE® Total Ankle implant from Wright Medical. Steve doesn't plan to play basketball in the near future, but he is pain-free and leading an active, athletic lifestyle.
April 4, 2008
Summary: This article from The Commercial Appeal discusses Wright's drive to become the top firm in the foot and ankle surgery market, and it also addresses how growth in the market benefits both the company and patients. Acquisitions of other providers and savvy selling have allowed Wright to shore up market share in a critical field that's been comprehensively overlooked for a long time. | more