Dawn’s story: New ankle, new ‘bud’

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

By: Jeff Ash


When Dawn Sidwell got a new left ankle, she got a new friend in the bargain.


“We’re going to be buds for the rest of our life,” Dr. Jason George DeVries told Sidwell.


That’s because he wants to check on that ankle at least once a year.


“Which I think is awesome,” says Sidwell, who had ankle replacement surgery in January 2016. “He wants to make sure everything’s kept in line and that I have no problems with it.”


Sidwell had lots of problems with that ankle before she saw DeVries, a fellowship-trained and board-certified ankle surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic.


“I used to fall a lot because my ankle would give out on me, especially on stairs. Twice I fell and cracked my ribs, so I thought it was time I get something done. The pain was really getting bad,” she says.


Sidwell, who is in her 60s, had both knees replaced when she was in her 40s. So when DeVries recommended total ankle replacement, she knew what to expect.


“At first, like any surgery, you have pain, but I don’t think it was as bad as my knee replacements. Those took longer to recover from,” she says.


After a year with her new ankle, life is equal parts “wonderful” and “great,” says Sidwell, who lives in Green Bay.


“I don’t have the pain whatsoever,” she says. “The things that I like to do, I can do. I’m not afraid to do them now.”


Dr. Jason George DeVries sees patients at the Foot & Ankle Center BayCare Clinic in Green Bay and at other locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc and Chilton. Call 877-884-8796 in Green Bay, 920-682-6376 in Manitowoc or 920-849-3800 in Chilton, or request an appointment online.

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