Dr. Anand Vora, practicing primarily in IBJI’s Libertyville office, performed the first total ankle replacement surgery in Lake County in the fall of 2008.  A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle disorders and injuries, Dr. Vora used a newer generation ankle replacement device.  The new implant is more like a normal ankle joint and requires less bone removal than previous versions of the device.  Those two features – the anatomical similarity and the preservation of natural bone – result in a replacement that moves more like a “normal” ankle.  “The advances in the technology are exciting,” says Dr. Vora, “because it translates to better post-surgical outcomes for the patients.  And really, it’s the improvement in patient’s health that is gratifying to me as a physician.”