Making Pain-Free Strides: Fall River doctor to offer ankle replacement surgery

Fall River, Mass. native, Ron Lagasse, began experiencing ankle pain in both feet after the age of 50, to the extent that he dreaded taking the trash barrels down the slope of his driveway each week. Both feet began to tilt inward due to foot problems that he was likely born with, and he was diagnosed with end-stage arthritis in both ankles. His primary care physician referred him to Dr. Stephen Rogers of the Foot and Ankle Institute of New England, and he was told about the INBONE® Total Ankle System.

Dr. Rogers explained that Ron’s other options would have been leg braces, ankle fusion or a life of pain, so Ron elected for ankle replacement in both feet; the right in March of 2014 and the left in February 2015. After both procedures, he was off of the foot for six weeks to let the incision heal, went to physical therapy and went back to work part-time shortly after physical therapy began. He was back to work full-time only four months after the surgery.

Dr. Rogers was trained in performing this type of replacement surgery and practices at multiple locations in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Lagasse is back to a life living without pain and can hike and go to the beach without a second thought.

The opinions of Dr. Rogers and Ron Lagasse are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

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. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.