Hi Sharon, I'm so glad to hear that your fusion has finally taken! It has been a long road. I had the 3rd attempt done in May and am VERY happy to say that all looks very good so far this time. I have been back in shoes about 5 weeks now and started PT this week. Wow, I just can't believe the difference in the feeling when it actually fuses. I know I still have a ways to go but GREAT so far! Did you have to spend anytime NWB when you had the plate and screws removed? Did you have it done at a surgery center? 9Local with MAC anesthesia?) I also have a plate but 5 screws and I had a bone graft from my heel. The heel is not painful unless the shoe irritates it! I'm hoping to never have to have the plate and screws removed but would love to get a heads up on the disability it might entail. Again, I am so happy to hear that things have worked out for you! Sophie
Piggygirl, It is my understanding that an implant can be replaced with another implant. Did you have a metal implant? If you don't want to have another implant put in....you could opt for the fusion but the recovery time is a lot longer. Good luck and let us know what you decide.