The procedure may be less well-known than a hip or knee replacement, but Boston surgeons are now performing total ankle replacements. For some patients, it provides relief from years of pain.
On a scale of one to 10, Jimmy Mello’s pain scored consistently on the high end.
“I was living with probably like a six. Every day,” Mello said.
In 2011, Mello broke his ankle in three places, and he went through several surgeries to repair the damage, but was still struggling. At one point, a doctor told him he’d have to amputate his foot.
Then, he was referred to Dr. Phil Basile, chief of podiatric surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital. Basile to0k a look at Mello’s X-rays and suggested a total ankle replacement.
“It’s really revolutionized what we’re doing,” Basile said.
Ankle replacement surgery isn’t new, but the process and the implants …