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    Old 09-26-2016, 05:35 AM   #1
    traceyuniped
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    Bka left leg facing fusion of ankle or bka on right

    I have been an amputee for 11 years (bka). I have a good prosthetic with a ball joint ankle and suspension in stanchion. It's all NHS. Last year badly broke my ankle and now have lots of permanent metal and traumatic arthritis. Also type 1 diabetic but not the cause of my amputation.I now have to choose between ankle fusion or bka of my right leg. I've read lots of nightmare stories about fusion so wondered if any double bk amputees have opinions. I am more nervous of fusion than amputation. My pain is horrendous in my ankle.
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    Old 02-28-2017, 01:55 AM   #2
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    Re: Bka left leg facing fusion of ankle or bka on right

    i had ankle fusion before eventually having a BKA. My fusion wasn't successful, i had to many bone spurs which impeded function further and the pain was horrific. That doesn't mean all fusions are bad, i know people who've had successful ankle fusions and lead better lives, but that doesn't take into account that you are already an amputee on the other leg.

    Its quite a complex situation, personally i would try the ankle fusion because worst case scenario you can have it amputated after if unsuccessful, i appreciate that could be a lot of heart ache for you, but i suppose you need to weigh up the pros and cons or if you want to put yourself through something that could potentially fail.

    i can't give any advice other than that as I'm only a single amputee.

    hopefully what ever you decide goes well

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    Old 02-28-2017, 04:50 AM   #3
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    Re: Bka left leg facing fusion of ankle or bka on right

    Thanks Spragg84. The decision has now been almost made for me as it is felt that a fusion will not give me a viable long term result so amputation it is. Thanks again for replying

     
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