Total ankle replacement advice for me planning it now

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To anyone out there that has had a TAR already I am being told I have to do this sometime soon and I DON'T want to and scared I will be worse off afterwards than I am now. I am having it done by Dr. erroll Bailey at Resurgens Orthopedic  in Atlanta. I would like to hear from anyone who has has  a Wright Infinity TAR and how they did and how they are doing now ? 

David in Atlanta

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    David, sorry I have not had a TAR but I have had 4 anckle surgeries and the last 2 were fusions. I'm really the poster child for when everything can go wrong. I would think your recovery might be a bit more barable since they wont be hammering thru your bones. I am very interested in your surgery and will be praying everything goes well. You will be part bionic and I would think that is stonger. Good luck to you! Kim. Please send an update. Any sorry I couldn't answer your question

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    I just googled your surgeon and went on his website. Wow! He got a lot of great reviews and his backgroud is impressive. Good luck again
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      Oh my dear God I finally go a friend out there. Kim what was your ankle issue ? Arthritis that made you do surgery or what was your reason for surgery ? I broke my ankle 3 years ago and Kaiser's stupid doctor a low level podiatrist just threw me in a boot and crutches and said start putting weight on it in a couple weeks. I knew nothing about my ankle break at the time  or what the proper healing was to be (hard cast for 2 months etc then the boot) so now a year ago the serious arthritis started its creep up on me. So Bailey's is the man eh ? What site did you go to about him doing good for a lot of TAR's (total ankle replacements). I am very worried about all this and on the fence 50/50. Keep in touch with me please. We all need each other.....David

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      Mine was shattered in a car accident almost 4 years ago.... Oh the huge school bus that turned infront of me won!!! The first surgery happened in the hospital as an emergency. It healed crooked and wasn't rotated and had bone fragments in my joint. Everytime I told him it swelled and hurt everyday he told me I was crazy. Finding a specialist like your surgeon is so important. 2nd one my body rejected the bone graph and 3rd was a fusion and didn't fuse. The 4th and final he took a bone from my hip and it finally last week showed signs of healing . I'm now weight bearing with a boot (hurts) and start physical therapy tomorrow. So you never had surgery on you ankle??? I must say that could really work in your favor!!! Less trauma to your skin and tissue. You will need help!!!!! Not being able to walk sucks!!!!!!!! I will give you things that helped me. Kim

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      I googled his name and the city. I spelled it the way you wrote his name.
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    Hello, 

    I had a TAR March 20, 2018.  I broke my right leg in 1970 and my ankle has been fusing in its own since then. In August of 2017 I had a TKR. Due to the ankle problems and because my foot could not be on the ground at 90 degrees my rehab for my knee was compromised. I elected to have the TAR. It was the Infinity done in Sacramento Ca. I am no 4 months out and am walking with a slight limp. I however will probably have a little longer recovery than most because it has been 40 years since my leg has aligned up and worked in some sort of natural way. 

    What to expect: 

    2 weeks splint

    4 weeks cast

    4 weeks boot was slowed to wait bare 

         as tolerated 

    Walking has been a challenge as my foot, toes and Achilles all have to stretch after all the years of non use. 

    I measure success weekly and try to keep positive. I do see a light at the end. 

    Hopefully since you have not had such a long down time your rehab may be faster. All the best to you and hope this helps. 

    Jan 

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    Hi David, 

    I had the Wright Infinity. Yes I did have arthritis. My ankle was self fusing  in a position that was causing pain and not allowing me to put it flat on the ground. I had to walk on my tiptoes. After much discussions I decided the replacement would be better than the doctor doing a fusion. It was believe that I would have more mobility with the TAR. 

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