Re: Ankle Fusion vs BTK Amputation
Hello Tom and others in this thread,
It is great that I've found you, since I am in the same situation. My orthopedic surgeon is pushing for fusion surgery and after reading so much (in other forums) about complications, multiple surgeries, disappointing results from the fusion, I am leaning heavily towards BTK amputation as my best option. In fact, in my heart of hearts, I am almost certain this is the road I will take.
An auto accident in early October 2010 left me in an external fixator until the third week in November. Then came the Frankenboot. My other bones (arm, wrist, leg) have healed but I have AVN of talus (Hawkins Type III fracture). There is nerve damage pain but it is being helped with Lyrica, prescribed by my GP.
I have read a great deal about the "baloney" (below knee) operation and new techniques (ERTL, for one, but not limited to ERTL) help address the problem of phantom pain. I have spoken with a local man who had this done two years after his foot was crushed and he now leads a normal, active life.
Prothetics are better than ever with new technology. I am lucky to live about eight miles from a small town where a good orthopedics specialist is in practice. He spent an hour talking with me about what his patients do with a good fit and learning to walk again. People from all over the state of Pennsylvania and other states come to him.
I will be very interested to know what you all have decided and want to follow your individual stories.
Best wishes to all,