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After more than 30 years with the Michels Corporation, Ron Sabel looked forward to enjoying his retirement, but a troublesome ankle threw a wrench into those plans.
“My ankle had been going bad for the past 20 years and I tried several options to alleviate the pain,” Ron explains. “I had special braces made, but my ankle just kept getting worse.”
Five years ago, Michael DeGere, DPM, FASPS, FACFAS, performed reconstructive surgery on Ron’s ankle with the understanding that it would only be a temporary fix. When the arthritis and pain in his ankle continued, Dr. DeGere recommended a total ankle joint replacement. Since that visit, Dr. DeGere assumed a new role at Agnesian HealthCare as vice president of Population Health Management, and so he referred Ron to his partner, Alyssa Stephenson, DPM, FASPS.
“My life changed the day I met Dr. Stephenson,” Ron says.
“Mr. Sabel is a very active gentleman who loves to work outside and spend time with his grandkids,” according to Dr. Stephenson. “Due to his activity level, I felt a total ankle replacement with an implant was the best option.”
After the surgery was complete, being the do-it-yourselfer he is, Ron did his rehabilitation exercises at home.
“Dr. Stephenson gave me my life back,” Ron says. Today, he can golf and take on any handyman task his family and friends throw at him without pain.
“I remember the day at St. Agnes Hospital when the nurse was getting me ready for surgery and she looked at my chart and said, ‘You have Dr. Stephenson; she is awesome.’ She is a gifted surgeon and the Fond du Lac community can be thankful she is here.”
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