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Posted by Dorothy Napier on December 03, 1999 at 20:45:57:

In Reply to: NEED A TREATMENT posted by Jennifer on November 17, 1999 at 14:38:26:

: I am 23 years old suffering from extreme JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). Diagnosed at the age of 2 I have been in and out of remission. Now at the age of 23 I am worse than I have ever been. My right ankle is so deformed, detereorated and in extreme pain. I have consulted with over 5 ankle doctors in the Phialdelphia area and no one can help. Medicines do NOT work because it's not active, it's bone against bone. Some days I can not even apply my own wait of 120 lbs. to my feet. I need an operation and a specialist who can help. Someone please help me find info about ankle operations or replacements. Thanks!

I am in the process of reasearching ankle replacements. I've talked with several doctors, some who say yes and some who say nay. Here is a website for one of the manufacturers of the "Agility Total Ankle Replacement"---www.depuy.com I hope this info is helpful. I had to go to a couple of large orthopeadic clinics that would even discuss this with me. Good luck. I think the only thing going against us is our age.

Dorothy

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