Has anybody had an ankle re-replacement or fusion after TAR ?

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With end stage osteoarthritis I had a TAR in November 2015 . Unfortunately this is failing now - the talus is loose, my foot has significant cysts two thirds of the way through it and there is more osteoarthritis under the TAR. Hey Ho !

Has anybody here had a re-replacement or had their TAR removed and a fusion ? I'm in the UK and my consultant with do either.

I already know I will need to have some bone taken from my hips and grafted to donor bone for infilling in either case

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    I could have written the first sentence of your post myself, replacing the dates with February 2019. I have been walking reasonably well, but lately noticing worrying twinges. I am London-based, and I, too went privately, so tomorrow I'm going to have an NHS Xray for reassurance. Is there any way we could chat privately? It would be interesting to share experiences, but not publicly.

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    i have had 4 bones fused 2017 and its non union so has not worked

    ive been told i have bone on bone with Cysts between all of the bones apparently 33 in your foot

    said its IMPOSSIBLE to fuse them all my options are BUPROMORPHINE PATCHES 25mg which im on now or 6" Below knee amputation

    ive just seen someone in Pain Management they have suggested electrodes inserted into my spine so am going to try this i think

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      So sorry to hear that Andrew - they think they can backfill my cysts but are just looking at whether it would actually take another TAR.

      Really good luck with your pain management

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    I had a badly done TAR in 2012 which was removed and redone by a top surgeon last year and doing very well now. Cheers, Richard

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      Thats really good to hear. How long have you had the second one ?

      I had mine as part of a clinical trial and it was incredibly successful to begin with - its my actual bones that have deteriorated 😦

      My consultant is discussing with two other major specialists to help with the final decision

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      My primary was in 2012. If you Google Total Ankle Replacement and Yogesh it should bring up a short video showing me walking and running up and down stairs at twenty weeks. How hard it was to go from that at my four year check up to being told that it was all failing! I had moved to a different health authority and when I got my notes it became clear to me that a less than brilliant job had been done and that the rescue work needed to be done by someone really skilled with a lot of experience of ankle revision surgery.

      The revision surgery meant a six hour surgery rather than the. more usual two or thereabouts. That was twenty months ago and generally I can do everything I want. In August I spent a week high in the Swiss Alps walking steep alpine tracks with someone twenty-five years younger and it all went exceptionally well. I'm a fit seventy-eight BTW. As is my tendency I do sometimes push myself too hard and then need to ease up for a couple of weeks, and behave more like my age! Cheers Richard

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