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Dec 04, 2012, 02:28 AM
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Yippee!

Finally got my right Ankle sort of fixed


Well after years of just dealing with it I finally got the good surgeons who repaired my left knee to have a crack at buying me some more time with my right ankle issues.

It all started back in the 80's with a fairly serious motorcycle accident where my right leg got crushed between a car that turned in front of me and my bike. I was laid up in and out of hospital for about 9 weeks with 3 surgeries. First was to repair a severed nerve bundle and reduce the fractured Tibia and somewhat destroyed ankle joint. a few days later they wired the breaks and did some grafting work. All the wires were removed 8 weeks later and I was sent on my way.

Over the last few years the joint has been constantly painful and swollen due in most part to the cartilage having worn away over the years. This was all expected as the original injury involved the cartilage being broken in a few places and a section missing from the face of the tibular joint.

Anyway these days it's fairly impressive what can be done in a morning (day surgery). Below are some arthroscopic images taken during the procedure showing the sort of build-up of debris that has gone on over the years. I was out for about 3 hours and woken to a nice cup of coffee and some sandwiches and walked out of the hospital. Even swollen from the surgery my ankle is now more mobile and less painful than it has been in a long time and Iím looking forward to getting out to get some flying done this weekend.

Anyway for those that suffer from joint pain due to previous traumatic injury and have hospital cover, get it seen too sooner rather than later. My next step is either fusion of the joint or a replacement ankle. Hopefully now not for a few more years.

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Dec 10, 2012, 11:09 AM
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Sadly, you will find the procedure you had is palliative and short-lived. Over here, "resurfacing" is becoming the norm, and is a complete cure. You might wish to investigate the procedure.
Dec 10, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Yep, it was just done as a short termer to buy a bit more time until resurfacing and replacement ankle technology becomes a bit more accepted over here. They tend to prefer only fusion over here for now although I do know at least one ankle replacement patient who uses the same physio as I do and she swears by her replacement.
Dec 10, 2012, 10:34 PM
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Yep, it was just done as a short termer to buy a bit more time until resurfacing and replacement ankle technology becomes a bit more accepted over here. They tend to prefer only fusion over here for now although I do know at least one ankle replacement patient who uses the same physio as I do and she swears by her replacement.
Do not let anyone undertake a fusion procedure: you will live to regret it.


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