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Old October 18th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Has anybody had an ankle fusion?

The good, the bad.
How long to get back walking, able to work- restrictions?
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Old October 19th, 2013, 03:05 AM   #2
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I haven't had one but if you are looking for a second opinion from a foot doctor/surgeon, my mom works for one in Warren and I can get you the contact info.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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you can give up your dreams of being a downhill ski champion.

Palidan is CORRECT>>>>>>>SECOND opinion on any type "permanent" surgery

is REQUIRED

as it is going to change something

for the rest of your life.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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i had an ankle fusion. i put it off for about 4 years and just lived with the pain because i hate having surgury. this was my 4rth surgury on it. now that it is done i wish i had done it when the doctor told me to. my recovery took 6 months to return to work. but it all depends on what part of the ankle you are having done.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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Thanks Honda racer, that would be a little far for me. I live by Cadillac and I'm seeing a specialist in Grand Rapids. That's about 90-100 miles.


Jimhri, have you had one? What do/ did you do for a living, what do/did you do for fun.
I've had my injury since 94 and have always been told fusion and or replacement. I have had the joint cleaned up once. I didn't have any improvement. So about 6 years ago I refused to have the bone spurs removed. This according to Dr didn't "hurt" my ankle, I was a little concerned that my stubbornness might have.
I was told 50 (age) and you will have -fusion or replacement. I'm 52, just like being told I had cancer(don't) I enjoy proving Dr's wrong.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #6
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i had an ankle fusion. i put it off for about 4 years and just lived with the pain because i hate having surgury. this was my 4rth surgury on it. now that it is done i wish i had done it when the doctor told me to. my recovery took 6 months to return to work. but it all depends on what part of the ankle you are having done.
if you would like some more info pm me and i will get you my #
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I was typing when you posted.
Thanks,
Did you have it done in Grand Rapids Orthopedic Associates ?
What do/did for a living, fun?
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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #7
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NO have not had ankle fusion.

broke left ankle approx 14 yrs ago (am right handed). required surgery, screws and approx 20 therapy visits. screws still in. ankle feels "fine" but on occasion i can:

feel a slight out-of-alignment ( i imagine the technology is a lot better 14 years later )
a slight loss of flexibility
feel sharp pain if i hit the ankle in the wrong place

because its a lower extremity the swelling took a LONG time to go away after surgery which made it difficult to put on my over-the-calf muck boots for several years.

checking with multiple others in your age group is a great idea to "predict" an outcome. if the doc / surgeon/ hospital won't give references i'd try elsewhere.

also recommend surgery at a major medical center. if they are working in a war-zone atmosphere that should provide you with a surgeon who has seen and experienced a lot.

for you that might be GR, Muskegeon or the infirmary at Camp Grayling (haha)

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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #8
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I have very limited range of motion, down, almost zero up. My boot choices are limited too.
My cycle, has drum rear brake, so no proportioning valve for brakes. I wondered if anyone has this problem, what they did.

Not riding- Not an option!

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Old October 19th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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yes mine was done at gr ortho. i am a road mech. for fork lifts and floor sweepers, and for fun i wheel and work on my truck.
i had very little motion up or down and alot of pain, now i have very little motion and very little pain.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 05:03 PM   #10
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yes mine was done at gr ortho. i am a road mech. for fork lifts and floor sweepers, and for fun i wheel and work on my truck.
i had very little motion up or down and alot of pain, now i have very little motion and very little pain.
That's what I would like.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #11
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I don't know who my friend saw, but a buddy of mine just shattered his ankle (not sure exactly which bones. The doctor told him that his current options were to put the bones ina wire mesh bag and hope they heal, if not he'll later need a fusion.

He is not a downhill skier but a downhill bike racer. He is hoping he doesn't have to kiss that goodbye
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Old October 20th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #12
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I don't know who my friend saw, but a buddy of mine just shattered his ankle (not sure exactly which bones. The doctor told him that his current options were to put the bones ina wire mesh bag and hope they heal, if not he'll later need a fusion.

He is not a downhill skier but a downhill bike racer. He is hoping he doesn't have to kiss that goodbye

I guess were there is a will there is a way. If not, Maybe find a new "passion", one you would still do with him.
I was so grateful that my kayaking buddy would still contact me. He'd say things like - you blew the season, why'd you have to go to a Dr and find these masses. BUT, guess who came over and hauled me and my kayak down to the lake.
We went for a short paddle, Dr said I could, no lifting be careful.
It was a nice day Oct11, and we saw nice fall colors and a Bald Eagle.

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Old October 20th, 2013, 09:22 AM   #13
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I guess were there is a will there is a way. If not, Maybe find a new "passion", one you would still do with him.
I was so grateful that my kayaking buddy would still contact me. He'd say things like - you blew the season, why'd you have to go to a Dr and find these masses. BUT, guess who came over and hauled me and my kayak down to the lake.
We went for a short paddle, Dr said I could, no lifting be careful.
It was a nice day Oct11, and we saw nice fall colors and a Bald Eagle.
And I started kayaking because I was looking for something I could do with my ankle.


He's not going to quit mountain biking all together, just realizes he'll need to scale things back a little.
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He's not going to quit mountain biking all together, just realizes he'll need to scale things back a little.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #15
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yes mine was done at gr ortho. i am a road mech. for fork lifts and floor sweepers, and for fun i wheel and work on my truck.
i had very little motion up or down and alot of pain, now i have very little motion and very little pain.
Surprisingly It doesn't make you limp or walk funny, or at least I have never noticed it.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #16
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Surprisingly It doesn't make you limp or walk funny, or at least I have never noticed it.
That's important to me.
I just talked to a Church family member a nurse and she had hers done. I've seen her at work and Church. Never knew she had a fusion.
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i have almost no limp any more. i used to limp allot and and ice it every night. i am very happy that i had it done.
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i have almost no limp any more. i used to limp allot and and ice it every night. i am very happy that i had it done.
Thanks for your replies.
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no problem, if you have any questions pm me.
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Surgery is scheduled for the 8th.
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