"For two years, I had been suffering from the effects of an ankle dislocation suffered in the mid-70's. The ankle was arthritic and other doctors had talked about fusion, but Dr. Nagamani suggested that I was a good candidate for ankle replacement. We went over the pros and cons. Ankles are difficult, and recovery can take a while. Success is not guaranteed, but I decided to go ahead and am I ever glad I did! I am now 8 months post surgery and I feel like a new person. I am pain free. The ankle feels totally normal and functions perfectly. While range of motion is slightly less than healthy original equipment, it does not inhibit function. I can hike long distances, bike, and walk a golf course without even thinking about it. Recovery was a bit slow, but I was playing golf by the third month and walking 18 holes by the sixth month. I just returned from a vacation, which included hiking miles over sand dunes. A year ago, I would only have been able to walk to a picnic table, but now I am back to doing the things I love. While I may feel slight aches from time to time, it is so much better than prior to surgery that I hesitate to even mention the brief discomforts. On a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 10 for success and patient satisfaction." --Richard L.