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I had shattered my right ankle in May 1990 while rock climbing. The fibula was so badly damaged, the surgeon replaced part of the bone with a plate. There was significant displacement and the surgeon did the best he could to line everything up to grow back together. For over 30 years the bone fused and created a situation with little to no movement in my ankle. Pain was a daily issue.
What did your pain or other symptoms prevent you from doing?
I can’t say it prevented anything. I returned to climbing. I mountain biked regularly. I hunted, and hiked, and did most anything I did prior to the accident. But I had to deal with significant pain after each outing of most all the activities. I had a slight limp, or at least an unusual gait. The pain was a pretty constant companion. Even doing tasks around the house, cutting grass, splitting fire wood, working in the garden, almost anything that required being on my feet for several hours would result in a very rough following day.
Why did you choose Dr. Neufeld and Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center?
Honestly, my sister-in-law is a PTA and she saw how much I was in pain, and did some research. She saw Dr. Neufeld’s credentials and was especially impressed with the number of successful surgeries he was doing.
What procedure/treatment did you have done?
A total replacement of the right ankle.
How did you feel after your treatment?
Hard to describe. I am never in pain anymore. That may sound like a possible exaggeration, but I really feel no pain. I just went on a difficult 5 mile hike along a section of the AT on the TN/NC border yesterday. Prior to surgery, I would have been limping and in pain today. I really don’t feel any pain today.
Do you have any advice for other patients?
This changed my life. Circumstances are always unique, but I would recommend speaking with Dr. Neufeld to see what he might be able to do. It really makes a difference to not have a couple days of pain just because you wanted to get outside