I had a fall in 08' where I had a tri malleolar fx. So I broke it pretty bad, no nerve or bone issues. I had developed moderate to severe post traumatic osteo arthritis because of it. My joint just became to where it was bone on bone rubbing. The cartlidge was gone. The dr said my ankle was completely worn out when he went in to do the ankle replacement. The total ankle was my 7th surgery trying to fix it.
Ouch, I'm sorry to hear that. I had to look up the injury. I wondered about AVN and ON because I just started learning about joint replacements and not sure about how much can be present when they do that particular operation. 7 surgeries..... you're pretty tough, and that's a good thing.
Thanks I appreciate that. Not sure about the AVN and ON. I know there are people on here that have AVN and that are looking into joint replacement or have done them already. I'm thinking a user named Perimaud maybe is one of them. I'm trying to remember. But I would check with them too, maybe they could help. If you do have any questions about the replacement let me know, I'll do my best to answer them. I've looked into them quite a bit before I had it done.
Have 25 staples. Got all but 7 out. Didn't hurt. Doctor said everything looked perfect including X-rays. He was happy there was not much swelling. I can sleep without my cast on but have to be non weight bearing for 2 more weeks when I go back and see him. Nurse told me all my current complaints are completely normal and everything basically looks textbook right now. And I can bathe and sleep without cast on
I, too, had the Inbone 2 put in 1 week before you! I have a similar story in that I badly broke my ankle in '03.. Been suffering ever since. I had only 3 surgeries prior to the replacement over the last 9 years..finally, bit the bullet.! Like you, had severe post traumatic arthritis. I waited as long as I could, as I've been told the younger i am, the more revisions I'll need..I'll be 49 in Oct...but I couldn't take it anymore!! So here I am...
My Doc is insistent that I still sleep in the boot, which as you know is uncomfortable..But, I'm following orders
How is your PT going?
Hoping your pain level has gotten better & you are feeling good!
Have you been walking?? How is your PT going? Pt for me has been going well. I can do one crutch at home and at PT. I'm allowed to put 90 percent body weight on my ankle. I actually took some steps on my own and did ok. It wasnt much but I was happy. I dont have a cane at home, but I use one cane at PT and I think it's easier than the crutch. May have to get one. How is your motion? Which one did you have put in?
No walking yet...I have the Inbone 2 prosthesis. My Doc is pretty anal about not allowing me to really walk until 12 weeks out. Really wants to make sure the new joint has fused well with the bone. I'm allowed to do a weight bearing stretch and that's about it for weight bearing.The rest of my PT consists of massage, manual manipulation, non weight bearing stretches & exercises to strengthen quad& hip flexor muscles.. Which ankle did you get? Did your Doc also do an Achilles lengthening? this is the 2nd time my Achilles has been lengthened..hopefully it won't shorten up again, which of course will depend on my range of motion & flexibility with my 'new' ankle!
Glad to hear you are progressing well...It's so interesting to me how different Docs have different protocols..I would like to keep in touch with you to see how you are doing...we can compare notes
I actually took some steps on my own and did ok. It wasnt much but I was happy.
Wow, that's amazing! You had your ankle replaced four days after I had this microfracture, and you're ahead of me in recovery?!? That's fantastic, congratulations! I'm truly stunned that such a major surgery could heal so quickly -- that's faster than OATS or practically anything else! That's awesome!
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I'm having to do this on my phone instead of my laptop right now because this webpage is acting up on my computer. I would love to keep in touch and follow each other's progress. It is different how doctors do the same procedure and follow up so differently. I have an appointment on Monday so we will see what he says then. Hopefully he'll say no more crutches
I know, it is pretty funny how the Docs have different protocols.. I mentioned to my Physical Therapist that I was putting slight weight on the foot when going up/down the steps & she almost killed me! She's a hoot, tho..
Which ankle did you get? Maybe that has something to do with protocol? And also, did he lengthen your achilles?
I DEFINITELY want to keep up with each others progress! I hope you have a good appt on Monday..I'll be anxiously waiting to hear about it. I'll have to live vicariously thru you & your walking...have a great weekend!!
Forgot to tell you that one...haha. I have the InBone II also. How does your heel look?? And I had the lengthening done on my last surgery. Havent had it done a second time...
Thanks!!! I'll let you know how it goes
My heel looks ok, I guess.. The wound is mostly healed there &the one on the front of the foot still is oozing sometimes where the ankle bends. How long ago was your last surgery? My last Achilles lengthening was 5 years ago, which is why he did it again..have you been with the same doc for all of your surgeries?are you happy with him/her?
I see you're in Missouri...are you in the St. Louis area?
Wow!! I actually considered an ankle distraction in '09, but decided against it cuz it seemed too "out there" to me. I also had taken a woman's name & #who had just had the fixator put on & called her a year later to see how she was doing.. Long story short she was miserable & worse off than prior to the distraction.. So I toughed it out for the next couple of years til I finally decided on replacement, despite my relatively young age.i take it the distraction did nothing for you either...
I live just outside of Chicago in the 'burbs & my Doc was part of the consulting team on the Inbone II. They are also working on a lower profile version of it but it won't be ready for a while yet.
I am anxious to start walking on it & getting back to a normal life.. I'm soooo fortunate to have wonderful friends & family who have been incredibly helpful to me. I realize that this won't be my last surgery, but for now I'm hoping to finally walk without pain..haven't done that in 9 years...Again wishing you well with your appt on Mon