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Ankle Replacement Surgery Giving Patients A Leg UpDirect link to video as it appeared on CBS4.com // Reported by Cynthia DemosMIAMI (CBS4) - We've all heard of hip, knee and shoulder replacements, but little has been reported on ankle replacement surgery. That's because the process was not perfected. But now there's a promising new ankle replacement getting rave reviews from a South Florida surgeon.77-year-old Joan Rita never imagined a horseback riding adventure would leave her reeling in pain two decades later. "As I was dismounting I got hung up on the stirrup and ended up shattering my ankle," she said. Ever since then it has been increasingly painful.A couple of months ago she met Dr. Kyle Kinmon and learned about a new ankle replacement surgery. "This particular ankle replacement is intramedullary guided and what that means is we can put it in precisely every time," said Kinmon.A special device holds the ankle in place while a guide is drilled through the heel into the talus up through the tibia to allow for precise placement of the ankle components."We actually remove the top of the talus which is replaced by this tailor component of the implant. And tibial components are assembled inside the ankle piece by piece," Kinmon added.Few options have been available until now because according to Dr. Kinmon past implants were inaccurate and ineffective. He said this new implant can improve mobility and decrease or eliminate ankle pain which is usually caused by arthritis resulting from a fall or car accident."Something to that degree can cause crushing of the bones in the ankle and they will quickly develop post traumatic arthritis that limits the mobility of the ankle joint and causes severe pain with any ambulation any activity," Kinmon explained.Arthritis created by that horseback riding injury caught up to Joan, but she says she's looking forward to new adventures thanks to her new ankle."From the third day after the surgery on I haven't had any pain and I haven't taken any pain pills. So that's pretty awesome I think, laughed Rita.Kinmon said recovery usually takes about six weeks with several more weeks of physical therapy. The procedure is usually covered by insurance.