ankle fusion surgery..

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hi guys,

I had a total ankle replacement back in November 2014, unfortunately the found out after 9 months after,that the one the had put in was broke/defective, so had to have revision surgery in September 2015 to replace the broken part. initially it seemed ok until the severe pain started again just before Christmas.After xrays and a consultation with my surgeon it appears that this one has came loose and subject to confirmation from a ct scan it looks like the only thing left if for him to do an ankle fusion.so I'm asking has anybody had this done and what is the recovery time? and is it OK to live with on a day to day basis

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    Hello, I had total ankle replacement on Oct 8 2015. Mine was an inbone implant and I had polio as a child. I had no pain even from the operation to this day no pain. I have never taken pain pills after the operation. The doctors I have are great and they fix a lot of implants that have failed. I would get a secon opinion before I went for ankle fusion. I was told by a doctor in Orlando that I could not have an ankle implant and he wanted to fuse my ankle. Thank god I went to see the doctors in Miami . I'm walkin completely pain free with a lot of movement in my ankle. 
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      thank you for your reply, I've only had mine done since Nov 14 it was a salto talaris implant, but I'm now left with no chose but to have the fusion. I'm pretty worried about the future, and just needed some advice. thanks again.wayne. (liverpool England).
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    Hi have you came to any conclusions re fusion ?? 

    I have ankle replacement in March 2015 and have been in constant pain ever since. During my op. my surgeon also lengthened my Achilles' tendon, after numerous hospital appointments at a number of different hospitals they have told me that 2 nervous are damaged. The sensation is a little better, but still hyper sensitive. My toes are curling and I also have no balance and no movement in my ankle. I am due to see my surgeon on the 2nd Feb for the outcome of CT scan, 2 different nuclear scans, numerous blood test etc and another exploratory op just before Christmas. I hope he will be able to give me some good news but I am sure that he will tell me that he can only do fusion. I hope everything goes well for you and you manage to become pain FREE .....

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    Hi Wayne - I've only just picked up your post so I've gone back over a couple of your old ones to catch up. Sounds like you’ve not had a great year at all - poor you ! I had my TAR 13 weeks ago and I am part of a national clinical trial looking at replacement vs arthrodesis - they have a website which has a lot of good information. I don't think I am allowed to post links here but if you google TARVA trial you'll find it.

    Why are they saying you must now have a fusion ? I am sure that you do not have to go back to your original surgeon if you feel uncomfortable with what’s happened so far (I would feel like that if I was you !) There is lots I didn't know until I started the research pre op and I found out I could chose my NHS surgeon - so I opted for a first rate ankle specialist. Perhaps a different surgeon would give you some different options ?

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      BTW I had a corin replacement and was weight bearing fully by 9 weeks and now have excellent range of movement but very bad nerve pain
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