He could hear the crunch of bone on bone. Every step reminded him of a multitude of youthful injuries from playing football and basketball. A year ago, his left ankle swelled from post-traumatic arthritis. “I had a lot of sprains. It rolled real easily. It hurt every step I took,” he said. “It can take from 20 to 40 years for the injuries to cause a problem,” said William “Kent” Pittman, 57, as he prepped for a total ankle replacement at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center last week.
Surgeon Matthew Hopson, a foot and ankle specialist with Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, TPMG, performed the first such procedure at the hospital this spring. Since then, he and his TPMG practice partner Benjamin Proto have done 20 ankle replacements at Peninsula operating rooms, including at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate in Newport News, and most recently a first at Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg.
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