Patient: John Sugden
Physician: Ted C. Lai, DPM
I had a bad ankle and hadn’t been able to walk
I had been to a couple of doctors, but never got an answer I was comfortable with. They talked about bone grafts and ankle replacement or just plain fusing it. So, I continued to wrap it and wear high boots that laced up into the calf so I could walk.
I went to see Dr. Lai and told my wife, the first time he says six months on crutches, I am leaving. I told him what I had been through up to this point and he said he has new procedures that can be done and if the dead bone was my only problem I would be back on my feet in no time. I had torn all of the tendons and ligaments in the ankle as well as fracturing it at some point. He said he would fix the dead bone problem minimally invasively and then take the tendons and ligaments apart to weave them back together the way they belonged. He told me I would be non-weight bearing for 6-8 weeks on crutches and then in a boot for four months. This was a lot better than being non-weight bearing for a year, so I said let’s do it.