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I was diagnosed with end stage osteoarthritis in sept 16 after having ligament surgery. Since then the pain has been getting increasingly worse and having a knock on effect with my mobility etc. I had an injection in Jan but it only lasted about 3 weeks my surgeon said it should last about 3 months. I'm due to see him next week and he's mentioned that I will at some point need more surgery but he was trying to put it off for as long as poss, he wants me to have ankle fusion due to my age - I'm 27 but I'm really unsure as it seems so final! I know I'll never walk properly again but the thought of that being it really scares me, at least with ankle replacement I'll have some movement and be able to do things that I've missed out on for years ? Also I don't know how I will walk etc after fusion I don't want to look like a weirdo for the rest of my life I want to be able to dance run walk on the beach and just have some quality of life so my question is what is best ? I know my surgeon knows best ultimately but I would just like to hear some real life stories of people who have experiencened fusion or replacement? Also how was the recovery and what sort of timescales are there to getting back on your feet, I have to use crutches every day and sometimes a wheelchair will I still need some sort of aid after fusion because I'll have a limp or is it ok. I just feel like there are so many questions crowding my mind.
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