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Does Ankle Fusion Qualify For Disability
A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more
I had ankle fusion back in 1997. Now I'm hurting more everyday. What happen after 15 yrs and having a lot pain?
I had ankle fusion 6 months ago and don't have full sensation in parts of the area. How long might it take to regain the feeling?
It can take: A year or longer to get full sensation back. It even possible for certain areas to remain numb and never get full sensation. I don't know what type of fusion you had but if you are concerened discuss it with your surgeon. Personally I wouldn't worry at 6 months. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I am 22 active female should I get an ankle fusion or replacement? My dr. Said fusion. Do u agree?
Why do you need it?: At 22, you must have either a significant prior trauma to the ankle, or a severe rheumatologic condition. Either option is pretty extreme. As far as which has a better track record, fusions do have more durability, especially for active patients. If you think replacement, make sure you get an opinion by a surgeon that specializes in the operation. There are very few of them. Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Can you tell me how much time will it take to recovery from ankle fusion surgery, and what is to be expected?
What do you advise if I'm having a ankle fusion in a few weeks. I'm am looking for tip/tricks on making life easier after surgery.?
Follow directions: Listen to your surgeon and follow his instructions.... Read more
I had a ankle fusion 15 years ago. I having a lot pain. I feel my pins. I' have diabetes. Do u think that my pins might need to remove? I
Variable: There is some pain involved because of soft tissues and bone are cut and manipulated. Hardware also has to be placed. Many surgeons performing use regional nerve blocks which substantially decrease and sometimes even eliminate the pain for an extended time. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and response to pain medications as well. In short the pain levels vary with individual cases. Read more
Ankle surgery: At your age, if indicated (arthritis, etc) it is usually an ankle fusion that takes place unless you have been told you have juvenile ra. Both procedures are commonly done by foot and ankle surgeons who have been trained properly. The recovery time is roughly the same, but at your age, if indicated by medical history and physician evaluation, usually a fusion is done. Hope that helps! Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
About one year: 2-3 months of initial non weight bearing post op for bone healing : usually upon verification of bone /fusion site healing there will be gradual return to protected weight bearing (with a boot) and ultimately to proper shoes and orthotics. Physical therapy may be indicated. Full return to exercises may take about a year pending level of exercise Read more
Complex: Criteria for ankle fusions are complex and generally conservative approaches are attempted first before considering fusion. A noninclusive list of factors include history of injury, response to prior treatment, current ankle positioning, current medical history & social factors that include history of or present use of nicotine containing products. Talk to a board certified surgeon for more info. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coalition: Ankle fusion is used for severe arthritic deformity with or without deformity it you may be referring to subtalar fusion which could b used to eliminate pain if the boney coalition comprises several articular facets of this joint and account for pain. More commonly coalition resected/removed only. Read more
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