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Hi. Im 27 years old and suffer from severe haemophilia A. The bleeding in to my joints over the years has subsequently lead to severe arthritis in my joints, with my right ankle being the worse. I have had 2 micro-fracture surgeries over the past few years but to no avail. I have no cartilage in my ankle and thus its bone on bone contact-which has been the case for the last 3 years. Im supposed to be having a fusion in july 2016 however i am apprehensive to say the least. I was wondering what activities will i not be able to do if i have it fused i.e. will i be able to drive etc. my surgeon refused to consider a TAR as he said I will only get 3-5 years out of it and will not be able to get it fused once it fails.
Due to the haemophila I am accustomed to pain and thus I am considering not getting anything done, however i will admit that when the bits of bone chip off the pain is quite extreme. Even though I am prescribed Tramadols for pain management, I refuse to take them as im doing a phd in economics.
I was wondering if there is any one out there that may be able to offer some advice as all I get from my surgeon is that a fusion is the only option.
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