Ankle fusion

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I had a dedebriement in my ankle in Jan this year, the paindid not go away and i have had two steroid injections and my ankle in a cast up to the knee and now i am in a moonboot. I saw my surgeon yesterday and they x-rayed my ankle and it has rapidly deteriated since May and now he suggests a fusion. I'm wondering if anybody out there has had an ankle fusion what it intails i.e how long is recovery and what to expect. This is the only option i have got as the surgeon would not do an ankle replacement as they have only around a 7 year life span. I am only 50.

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    My uncle had one in February and is mobile but still recovering. He doesn't regret it at all as it was last option for him at 45. I was refused it being that I am only 19. But I would definitely go for it. My uncle said the pain is worth while. Hope it goes well whatever happens!
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      Thank you for your reply its nice to hear that your uncles fusion is going well, it helps me to hear that it is going to be wothwhile. 
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    I am 57 years old now on my second triple  athrodeisis left ankle 12 years ago and had the right one a triple hindfoot athrodeisis on 22nd of July this year ..I am in a cast just now come off in four weeks ...what to expect no real pain after of just a little discomfort for a few days swelling a cast on for two weeks non weight bearing then back to hospital to get staples /stitches out ...cast back on for six weeks non weight bearing  then for X-ray see if it is fuesing cast back on if all going well weight bearing cast on for the last four weeks then you may put a boot cast on or not your foot needs to get used to being fused and is very stiff takes up to six months to to be able to walk without pain and swelling and a year before you start to forget you have had an op on foot you can only move you're  op foot up and down can't circle it any more ...you have no side movement and can fall over if you lose your balance ....the ankle will swell up in cast and out of cast you need to keep leg raised up this will lessen as time goes on ...now the good stuff ....no pain eventually  .. Can jog  ..football ..most of the sports you could do before ..its is like a small mircle ankle sorted get on with your life ...when making plans for say holidays think of it like twelve months from op and you will get the best out of holiday .. This operation is worth the hassle and you need to rest it as much as possible for the first three months when cast is on if possible to give it the best chance of fuseing and don't take anti inflammatory tablet during the time with cast on as this can stop your ankle fusing good luck and go for it 
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      Thank you for your comments and tips to help me after i have had the op. The fusion i am getting i loss the up down movement and keep the side movement. My surgeon said I won't be able to run, i just laughed as i said i'm to old to run, all i want is to be pain free and get back to my life as i play golf, I know i will be off my work up to 6 months as i work in a nursery with 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. Thanks again.
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    Hi ,sorry to hear of what you are going through. I had surgery on my ankle after a dislocation and breaking 3 bones too . I now have plates and screws. Just going into week 5 with pain. I can tell you that my late father broke his ankle and later had a fusion. He was in his 50's at the time and had an awful lot of pain. The surgeon suggested the fusion which of course left him so he couldn't move his ankle but could move his foot. My father eventually walked WITHOUT A limp and was almost pain free at times. It was the best decision for my father and he had no regrets. I wish you the very best for a speedy recovery !
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      Thank you for replying. I'm sorry to hear about your ankle, It must have been really sore at the time it happened. The surgeon said to me i will be able to move my foot, i won't have the up down movement but he said i will be pain free. Thanks again for your wishes.
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    hello  i had an ankle fusion about 18 months ago this intails if its the same  inserting a rod through the heel of your foot through your ankle and into the tibia  and i also had a plate and screws  my foot was swolen for ages fairly pain free tbh  finding footwear that will help support your foot may be a problem  once you start walking again if you can imagine walking on your toes as this is what hapens as you walk through your step without ankle movement you end up folding your toes up at the end of the step can be painfull  long term i cant help im afraid i only had this for a year then faced with having the knee frozen as well i aked for amputation above the knee instead  now with prosthetic  i am well happy
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      Hi sorry to hear about your circumstances is good to know you are well and happy now. My fusion is two or three screws put in on the ankle joint and a bone graff put in also. I will have movement on the sole of my heal and accross my foot. I have to walk on my toes at the moment when i am not wearing my moonboot.

      Thank you for your comments.

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