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My ankle has been bad for years. Been getting cortisone injections every three months for 1 1/2 years. Don't plan on keeping that up for ever.

Talked to an ankle specialist last week. Said I'm a candidate for replacement or fusion. Planning on fusion sometime.

Just wondering if any one here has had the procedure and what their (your) experience was.

 

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Can't help you with this. But if you would like to share your feelings I am curious why you are leaning to fusion vs replacement? If you don't want to I totally understand. Hope it works out for you and they can help you out. Just thinking about it with out any knowledge I would suspect the fusion is the easiest to do without complications, but that maybe replacement would make walking a little easier? Good luck, would be nice if they could help you without major surgery, but you can't put up with something like that for so long before you have to get something done. Making the correct choice can be really hard because there is no going back. My Mom had 8 vertebra's fused in her back. It didn't go so well but she didn't really have a choice. It's been about 8 years now and she can still walk, so.....

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Ankle replacements don't last as long as knee/hip replacements. Usually need done again in 10-15 years.

Recovery time is quicker for fusion. Dr said I'd be back to work in three months. I told him we don't have light duty at work, I need to be 100%. He said give him four months tops and I'd be back working.

Fusion would be more stable walking through the woods and cutting wood, (my heat source)!

He actually said when (not if) I have the right one done that it isn't a candidate for replacement with current technology. Ankle is worn out the wrong direction. (Actually the tendons or ligaments are stretched the wrong way).

The left one (worse one) he could do either.

So I think as the cortisone wears off I'll pay more attention to things and probably make another appointment to set up a date for surgery. Would like for it to be early spring so I don't have to worry about ice, etc, and still be ready to hunt this fall!

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Thanks for the information.

Most of that is what I was thinking except for:

"Ankle replacements don't last as long as knee/hip replacements. Usually need done again in 10-15 years."

I guess a lot of that depends on your age, activity, maybe even your physical size. Sure hope whatever you do it works out for you.

 

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Never heard of that one before but had never heard of colon adhesions either until I had surgery for it a couple of weeks ago. I hope it works out for you if/when you decide to get it done.

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Decided to have ankle fusion on April 2nd. Dr said if my right one ever needs repaired (it probably will, it's getting as bad as the left) that it is damaged in a way that can only be fused, not replaced. He said that my left ankle fusion will be able to be changed to an ankle replacement if I decide to do it. Doubt if I'll have the left one replaced later, but guess I won't know until that time gets here.

The bad part is I won't be able to check my cams for several months. Need to make sure I find good spots for them!

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Hope everything goes well. Remind us just before you go in so we can say some extra prayers. We want to hear some good news when you come back too.

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How long ago did your ankle start bothering you and what have you done since then. I have a bad knee (acl) so I will be a candidate for knee replacement. It has been a year now with arthritis in that ankle (right side) I also have it now in the left ankle as well but not nearly as bad. I am extremely interested in what you have been thru and any measures for pain releif.

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My left ankle has been bone on bone, and bothered me for years. Finally gave in almost two years ago and started getting cortizone injections. This one is still working some, (got it in Dec), but the one before that wore off about a month. The ortho specialist I was seeing said he didn't know how I could even walk on either ankle, let alone both of them as bad as they are. He refered me to an ortho surgeon who gave me my options, recommended surgery, and let me decide on what I wanted. Saw him the first time in Dec, then went back yesterday after I decided to go with the fusion. Edited by The Phantom

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Best of luck with the surgery.

Just because you're not checking your cams for a while doesn't mean you can't still be on here! what the heck!? :D

 

Joe

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Surgery scheduled for 7:30 AM tomorrow.Probably won't be on here for awhile.

 

 

Best of luck and prayers for a speedy recovery.

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I won't be allowed to put ANY weight on my foot for at least a month, so won't be able to sit at the computer. I might try to borrow my daughter's laptop.

But I'll get on here as soon as I can. :ph34r:

 

 

 

Best of luck with the surgery.

Just because you're not checking your cams for a while doesn't mean you can't still be on here! what the heck!? :D

 

Joe

 

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My Dr actually had me start putting weight on it the day I had the soft cast removed and the walking cast put on. That was only nine days after surgery! I haven't used crutches for the last 10 days.

Had the hard cast removed this morning and now have a walking boot. I'll use that for five weeks, then go back for more x-rays. If things look good I'll start physical therapy.

When I take pics of my x-rays I'll post them. Nine screws, one pin, and a plate or strap holding everything together.

 

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Good luck on your rehab. That can be trying at times.I had lots of experience in that department. Thanks for the update.

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