Desperately need help and advice, Ankle Fusion or Replacement?

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Hi, I desperately need some advice and from people who have had either an ankle replacement or ankle fusion.  Specialists have recommended fusion as I’m only 46...and I really don’t know what to do. Have read lots of research on both and seems I either damage adjacent bones due to them becoming arthritic with a fusion,

Or choose to have complicated surgery later when the ankle replacement fails (don’t know if could be 2 yrs, 5 yrs, 10 yrs). 😔 

Really looking for insight(s) from people who have had either operation and their experiences?  I would be very, very grateful for any help anyone can provide as it seems the fusion op doesn’t stop the pain? Plus how have ppl coped with recovery.

Thank you so much.

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    I had a triple fusion just under a year ago and it was a long job, the recovery, but I did what I was told, for once, and really now it does seem to have been a success. Even though there is still a lot of metalwork in the joints, `I have virtually no pain and plenty of movement - `I can wiggle the joint perfectly well!  In contrast the other foot/ankle is painful and weak and I am look forward to getting it done this summer.  It's amazing, actually, how much better it is to have one good foot than two bad ones!  I am 77 so if I can get my strength back at that age, anyone can!  I didn't really have any physiotherapy but just starting doing the normal things round the farm as much as I could.  I did obviously have a very good Specialist surgeon , at the John Radcliffe in Oxford - Mr Bob Sharp is quite a character but he knows his job....

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      Hi Penny!

      I am thrilled to hear you had a good outcome at age 77. I need to hear these type of stories, just in case I have to do this again in 15 years. I'm hoping not too, but one never knows. 

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery with the other foot. 

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      Hi Penny, that’s great news. Really good hear it’s worked well for you and it was a good outcome, and I very much appreciate the update on how the fusion has worked worked. 

      Many thanks and good luck on the other foot.


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