Total Ankle Replacement: Mike’s Story
I managed to be active even to the point of where, until about 18 months before surgery, I was a still a college baseball umpire. Two years before that I was still playing baseball – not softball, but baseball – with kids who were my son’s age in their early thirties. But the pain finally took that away from me – the lack of mobility took it away – the pain was such I couldn’t walk upstairs anymore, so I looked for help.
In the years prior to my surgery, I tried many different sorts of relief ideas: braces, chiropractic, I went to an orthopedic surgeon and had injections, and I went to another orthopedic surgeon who suggested amputation, which I did not want. Another surgeon suggested fusion, which wasn’t a good idea. I went to a friend of mine who is a podiatric surgeon, and he did stem cell injections and some other injections for me. They provided short-term relief, but the relief became less and less. Finally he said, “Mike, there’s nothing left to work on. You need to find some help.”
Dr. Halloran is so awesome in that he listens. And he challenged me. He said, “Ok, I don’t know if your leg can handle what I want to do for you.” We had two or three appointments where we talked about it – just talked – and he listened to me more than preached to me, which is incredible for a doctor.
When I woke up from ankle replacement surgery, I woke up with no pain. And a year-plus later, I’ve had no pain. What’s incredible is Dr. Halloran gave me back my life. I get a little emotional about it because my wife and I are adventurers; we love to do things together. This summer we went to Europe, we spent a week in Paris, we spent a week in Italy, in Rome, and walked for miles and miles every day on cobblestones and up and down the stairs. Things I could not have done two years ago. Things I could not have done a year ago. But the most important thing is I get to dance with my wife. And maybe next to that is I get to play with my 6-year-old grandson. It doesn’t get any better than that. Thank you, Dr. Halloran.