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I'm nineteen, almost twenty. I badly injured my right ankle (compound tib/fib fracture) in an accident in July 2014 and had two reconstructive surgeries in the month following. The joint surface could not be totally repaired, and became very arthritic I guess. As I began weight bearing again I experienced a lot of sharp pain. April - July 2015 I underwent Ankle Distraction Arthroplasty. It was probably mostly unsuccessful -- my range of motion is very limited and weight bearing/walking has remained a challenge and gotten progessively worse. Sometimes I would be fine and could walk long distances without thinking about my ankle, other times I'd get up to walk across a room and it's as if I'm hobbling on a broken bone. Lately I've been experiencing a lot more of the latter, and I cannot perform my daily activities without being in a pretty severe amount of arthritic pain. I've gotten four cortisone shots so far, and they provide relief, but that relief has been lasting shorter and shorter spans of time. I'm at a point where it seems there is nothing I can do but go forward with a major surgery -- a couple of days ago I got x-rays, and there is basically no joint space left. I am left to decide between ankle fusion and Total Ankle Replacement. At my age, this is a very tough call to make.
Please share any input/experience/expertise with TAR and fusion, specifically at a younger age. I really look forward to hearing from anyone. It helps so much.
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