Maryville woman has total ankle replacement surgery

Maryville woman has total ankle replacement surgery

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Dr. Tracy Pesut implanted artificial ankle components in the tibia and the bottom bone of Cindy Moore's ankle. Dr. Tracy Pesut implanted artificial ankle components in the tibia and the bottom bone of Cindy Moore's ankle.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Cindy Moore is walking just fine these days alongside her orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tracy Pesut.

The arthritis pain in her right ankle is gone. Also gone are the devices she used to depend on to get around.

"I had a motorized scooter. I had a wheelchair that stayed in my car all the time. I had another one in the house," Cindy said. "I had braces. I had wraps. I had crutches. I had canes."

She was able to put those walking aides aside after having medical breakthrough treatment now available in Knoxville: the new "Inbone" total ankle replacement surgery.

Dr. Pesut implanted artificial ankle components in the tibia and the bottom bone of Cindy's ankle. 

With her history of all kinds of arthritis, was a good candidate. "The easiest patients and the ones who do the best are patients with rheumatoid arthritis, which is one of the types of arthritis she has," Dr. Pesut said.

No bones had to be fused, and there was no need for metal screws or other painful reminders; something Moore knows about all too well. She had traditional surgery on her left ankle a few years ago.

She says the new way is by far the best. "There's nothing. You just have your bone and your skin like nothing ever happened."

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