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Old 03-08-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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ankle fusion

Helllo !
Two doctors says that i should have an ankle fusion(left foot);i'm postponing it for many reasons;but i would feel much better knowing that in some years i could have a total ankle replacement.Is it possible?
I've been trying for two months an answer to this question without success ,since in Brazil there isn't this surgery(TAR).Its great to have found this community,and the support i receive just reading some others members stories.
thanks

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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Re: ankle fusion

I had ankle fusion (triple arthrodesis) in Oct 2010. If you have questions I'm happy to answer. I will be having my other ankle done before the end of this year. I am still recovering and am due to start physiotherapy this week but am overall, very happy with the results.

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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Re: ankle fusion

Hi Cloud ! There are many things at the stake:I will have to come back to city after the( I live in the countryside,it is not suitable for someone that has undergone ankle fusion:in my case they are going to join tibia and talus)surgery;Till the moment I couldnt figure out how to live until the recovery,how to get money,as I need my feet working to do so.Maybe i'm not being positive;anyway,i would feel better if i had the possibility to have a replacement in the future.Im worried having other problems after this fusion,as my gait can be impaired.

ps: forgive me my poor english.

 
Old 03-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: ankle fusion

It is a long recovery but you should be ok. Maybe find out about insurance to help you live?

 
Old 03-10-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
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Re: ankle fusion

Flint 1951

There are variables, but yes, ankle fusions can be taken down and ankle replacement done (in a single surgery).

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Old 10-01-2011, 09:55 AM   #6
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Re: ankle fusion

Hi I had ankle fusion surgery on 5th July 2011 on my right ankle I was in a lot of pain for about 3yrs before I had the surgery I could only walk about 100yrds without get server shooting pains in my ankle and then limping everywere

I have now had my cast on for 3 mths going to the hospital on Monday 3rd October hopefully I get the cast of completly I am now walking near enough normally I dont have much pain now except when Ive done to much walking

 
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:31 PM   #7
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Re: ankle fusion

Hi, Pejero !
I hope your life will be normal,without pains.In the words of Chico Xavier,(a brazilian medium;one of my heroes),I decided to be friend of my left foot and his( or it,my english is not good) pains.I dont want to get in ankle fusion.If I should give you a counsel,be as light as possible,dont give more weight to your feet.
be in peace. a hug from a brazillian

 
Old 10-02-2011, 06:02 PM   #8
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Re: ankle fusion

flint1951,

Unless you are considering going to another country where ankle replacements are performed, it looks like an ankle fusion is your only surgical option at this point. How old are you? How active are you? Those are two of the most important questions when evaluating if a patient is a good ankle replacement candidate.

Have you tried bracing or rocker-bottom shoes? If you are trying to avoid an ankle fusion, a rocker bottom shoe or boot is a good option.

 
Old 10-04-2011, 03:39 AM   #9
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Re: ankle fusion

Hello J9879,
thanks for your atention.If I had enough money I wouldnt think twice:replacement,with the most experienced equipe.Im 60 years old,very active(Im a sulptor,constructor,dont have a car,and live in the country,uneven ground)Im 1.80 cms high and 58 kgs.If I had more 5 kgs I wouldt bear my pains.These shoes you have mentioned I have never heard about.For sure there isnt such a thing in Brasil.I use a slab of silicon under my heel,to absorb the pressure when I walk,and I avoid carrying too much weight.Are these shoes easy to find?which I can ask a friend to bring one to me.I gave up ankle fusion,as in the future another foot joints can give me trouble, also ankle replacement can be more advanced.Have a nice day;thanks for yours regards.

 
Old 10-04-2011, 02:35 PM   #10
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Re: ankle fusion

Rocker bottom shoes are fairly popular these days. If you are looking for a good rocker bottom shoe, there is one called MBT. I am pretty sure it can be ordered online. They are more expensive ($200-$300) than some other rocker shoes made by New Balance and Sketchers.

If you are very active, the likelihood of an ankle replacement lasting is very low. With a lot of uneven ground the replacement will get abnormal wear and is more likely to fail. You are the perfect age for an ankle replacement, but successful replacements typically are in less active patients.

 
Old 10-04-2011, 05:39 PM   #11
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Re: ankle fusion

Hi , J9879 !
I've just send a message to MBT,asking for a rocker sole and
instructions to adapt it on my shoes.The rocker sole idea is so
obvious and simple;it seens effective indeed.Maybe in some years the
actual protesis will be much more advanced,so I'll get a replacement
in USA.At present there isn't this procedure in Brazil and "by the
noise of the carriage" (as we say here)it will take many years until
our FDA permtis it.Thanks a lot ! a hug,with my best wishes.

 
Old 10-08-2011, 09:11 AM   #12
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Question Re: ankle fusion

This question is for the person who had ankle fusion in July 2011 and reported that he would go to the doctor again on October 3 (in UK?) How are you doing?
I am from Boston, Massachusetts (USA) area and am seriously contemplating ankle fusion surgery. My ankle was broken twice and is now constantly swollen -- gets bigger as the day wears on. Also, I am wearing on -- just had my 75th birthday. Otherwise in good health and good shape (I exercise).

The one thing I can do, generally, is put weight on my ankle. It hurts a lot while sitting, and especially in bed -- and if someone bumps it while I am sitting with my feet up I involuntarily yelp. Getting up or out of a car is pure h... One mile is about the furthest I walk at any one time which seems to be OK, but if I walk more than that, even at different times during the day, I really hurt. Last week I took 3 walks, 1 for one mile, the two others maybe 1/4 mile each. I couldn't walk the next day, even using two walking sticks!
On Oct. 19 I see the doctor who would perform surgery to talk about the possibility. I have been going to two drs. who both tell me when it gets too painful to stand, ankle fusion is the answer.
To complicate matters my husband and I are considering selling our house and moving. I am trying to decide whether I should have this surgery before moving -- or after, and if after, how long will it take for me to recover. By "recover" I mean have the ability to get around without pain and with greater mobility than I have now. I understand I will be unable to put weight on my ankle/foot for about 3 months. Does this mean sitting all day, or using a crutch and walker while hopping on my good foot.
I would truly appreciate any feedback from people who have had this surgery. Thank you. PS - just signed in, Oct 7, 2011

 
Old 10-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #13
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Re: ankle fusion

It is so difficult to say anything about recovery time because we all heal at different speeds. Complications may be a problem as well. I had a triple fusion in October 2010. Since then I have had to have 2 further surgeries as problems arose and right now I am non weight bearing again. The best person to speak to is your surgeon. We can help you here with the practicalities of being NWB and even the emotional issues you may have, but, length of recovery period is your surgeons remit. Good luck with whatever you decide.

 
Old 10-08-2011, 11:20 PM   #14
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Re: ankle fusion

Susaj,

If you are 75 yrs old and have a relatively normal activity level, you may be a good candidate for an ankle replacement. Many physicians will discuss an ankle fusion only, but this is because they may not be trained in performing ankle replacements. You may want to find a physician that performs ankle replacements and see if you would be a good candidate.

 
Old 10-10-2011, 06:05 PM   #15
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Susaj,

If you are 75 yrs old and have a relatively normal activity level, you may be a good candidate for an ankle replacement. Many physicians will discuss an ankle fusion only, but this is because they may not be trained in performing ankle replacements. You may want to find a physician that performs ankle replacements and see if you would be a good candidate.
Hi Susaj,I am 60.Very active,living in the countryside,(I work with sculpture)unevem ground.!,82 cms high,58 kgs.Iam going to wait for the improvements in ankle replacement in the years to come;Maybe in five years I will travel to USA to have surgery.I've made friendship with my pains.J9879 told me abour MBT rockershoes;so I am saving money to import one.I think,or better,Iam sure it will give me a lot of confort:
love, compassion, health;my best wishes for you;thanks !

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