October 29, 2014 was the date of my total ankle replacement surgery performed by Dr. Constantine Demetracopoulos at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Prior to that time I was in pain and limping badly on my right foot, increasingly unable to walk. I had the necessary cortisone shots from Dr. Matthew Roberts (also from HSS) and as his determined diagnosis was “bone on bone” arthritis, there was nothing more to be done except surgery. I elected for a total ankle replacement instead of a fusion so I could get back to my active lifestyle. Dr. Roberts recommended Dr. Demetracopoulos for the surgery. A total ankle replacement is a fairly recent surgical procedure. The apparatus suggested was one that was just introduced to patients, and after conferring with Dr. Demetracopoulos, I decided to go with it. I had complete faith in his expertise.
The surgery went well, and after 6 weeks of recuperation; home rehab and later physical therapy, I am now walking everywhere (the boardwalk; museums, etc.) without pain. I even played badminton recently and forgot that surgery was performed on that ankle! I am so happy to have met Dr. Demetracopoulos and had this amazing procedure!