New Technology Improves Success Rate of Ankle Replacement Surgeries

Fox News—September 10, 2014

Arthritis can be debilitating anywhere in the body, but for 61-year-old David Sander, the pain in his ankle was keeping him from enjoying retirement.

"If I walked one day, I couldn’t walk for two," Sander told "It was as bad as bad can be. The pain was so miserable, that even a cane wouldn’t help."

Sander broke his ankle about 30 years ago and had it repaired, but it was obvious he needed to do something else about it, so he went to Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

"A lot of ankle arthritis is post-traumatic, meaning it's after you've had an old ankle fracture that damaged the ankle, and over the years it became arthritic," said Dr. Jonathan Deland, an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.

To alleviate Sander’s pain, Deland did a total ankle replacement. In the past, the surgery was difficult and not very successful — but new technology is changing that. Rather than going through the front of the ankle, doctors put the replacement in through the side of the ankle.

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