Is there an ankle fusion alternative? CB was a 39 year old woman when she was first seen in July of 2011 seeking an ankle fusion. In 2008 she was in a severe car crash where she sustained a compound fracture of her right tibia and fibula and required immediate surgery. Six days later she had a second surgery and then ultimately a third. She was told she needed an ankle fusion. I blogged on her about 6 months ago, after she received her 12 month registry follow-up form for a Regenexx-SD ankle stem cell procedure. Now here’s her e-mail from her 18 month follow-up:
“Hi there Dr. Hanson. I received my 18 month Regennex survey today.Happy to complete it. I’m still doing great and continue to be very thankful for my much improved quality of life on a daily basis .I took out time to go on the Regennex website today. Saw the video of you on “Doctors”. You did a great job!!! You and Dr. Schultz are my hero. You both have made such a positive difference in my life. Hope you have had a wonderful day and a better tomorrow. “
Not all ankle patients get such great results, but we’re glad to hear that CB is doing well with her ankle fusion alternative. Is it possible she will need an update treatment at some point in the future? I think it’s more likely than not that she will, based on my many years of experience using stem cells in the ankle.
NOTE: Regenexx SD is a medical procedure and like all medical procedures has a success and failure rate. Not all Regenexx SD ankle patients will experience the same result.