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Thought I would post my experience. Was wary of posting as did not want to tempt fate, but 6 weeks xray tomorrow so will post. Ankle fusion, my second, other was 40+ years ago went perfectly. No pain whatsoever, no painkillers needed after initial nerve blocker for op. Cast no trouble at all and six weeks easy to pass. I read lots on here and was quite worried, but no probs at all. Got a wheel chair and crutches with those flexyfeet, plastic basket by side for all those bits and bobs. Lightweight laptop, Grab stick etc etc. Firestick, kodi and mobdro and iptv. Overkill I know, haven't mentioned sky box and VM, but technology changes and I end up with things I don't use. Spent a lot of time betting on horse racing, made several hundred pounds. Lived on healthy foods, drank lots of kefir, never felt better. Of course tomorrow is the big day, but has gone very well.
I know my experience might not be typical, but it does serve to emphasise that there are examples of very easy ops and immediate post op, whatever lies ahead. I had keyhole surgery with no bleeding courtesy of Alprolix. For a haemophilac thats quite impressive, I have had as long as two weeks in hospital after having wisdom teeth out and the first ankle op was 18 months in plaster, before and after, weeks of bleeding afterwards and terrific pain. Good luck to anyone contemplating it and hope it goes as smoothly as mine, incidentally, no one seems to notice the other ankle fusion and walked quite normally, no arthritis and no pain in forty+ years.
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