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Jane’s story: Ankle replacement is ‘the best’

Friday, October 20, 2017

By: Jeff Ash



 

Before ankle replacement surgery, Jane Heath could barely walk through her Marinette home because of ankle pain.

 

After ankle replacement surgery, Jane conquered the Alps.

 

Jane, who is in her early 70s, saw  Dr. Brandon M. Scharer, a foot and ankle surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, to treat the pain in her left ankle.

 

“There had been pain for quite a while – years. But it just got worse and worse,” she says.

 

Her right ankle had been fused more than a decade ago. That surgical procedure fuses the ankle bones into one piece and is typically done to treat arthritis in the ankle.

 

Though the fusion relieved the pain in her right ankle, Scharer recommended a different procedure for her troublesome left ankle – total replacement surgery. That procedure allows patients to maintain their natural range of motion and decreases the chance for pain in other joints in the foot or knee.

 

“They did the surgery and I had tiny pain,” Jane says. “It was really the best thing I have ever done.”

 

The surgery was done in May, and Jane was touring the Alps in October.

 

During the trip, Jane realized the importance of a healthy ankle. She was waiting at a restaurant at the bottom of a rocky, steep cow path and thought, “I’m never going to get out of here. They’re going to have to send a helicopter. There’s no way I’m going to get back up this.”

 

But thanks to her determination, and her new ankle, “I just went slow and made it up there.”

 

If she hadn’t undergone the procedure, Jane says she would have spent her trip “down in the parking lot, reading my book.”

 

Instead, Jane enjoyed all that the Alps, and her ankle, had to offer.

 

 “It was phenomenal that I could do it,” she says.

 

Dr. Brandon M. Scharer sees patients in Green Bay, Marinette, and Kaukauna. For appointments, call 877-884-8796 in Green Bay or Kaukauna, 715-732-8200 in Marinette, or request one online.

 

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