Ankle Replacement Surgery

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Ankle Replacement Surgery

I would like to estabish contact with anyone who has undergone ankle replacement surgery and reflect a ittle on the aftereffects and the longer term prognoses for recovery and mobility.

Having undergone such an operation about 9 months ago I am currently coming to terms with a less than welcome (and certainly unexpected) imapct upon my life and mobility.

Issues such as lack of mobility, excessive swelling and cronic pain from the ankle itself but also from the toes and lack of sensation and feeling in parts of the foot are those I am facing and would like to know how other poeple have fared, both in the short and longer term.

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Hi there,

My wife had her ankle replacement three weeks ago.

She’s been essentially bed-ridden for the last three weeks and faces another week before physio starts.

The wound is healing well, but she’s battling with pain and discomfort as she wrestles with trying to get mobility back into her ankle in a plastic boot/removable cast.

I’m not sure we’d have anything to help you in your situation (especially as your op was now about 18 months ago, but it might be good to get in contact.

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Hi,

As a 7 month post op TAR I was wondering how your wife is progressing. I guess she is a couple of months ahead of me. I have good mobility most days but I’m not without pain. I am able to walk my dogs again for about 2 hours, three times a week and this is over fairly rough terrain. I get no significant swelling but the pain is sometimes debilitating. Am I expecting too much too soon?

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Most doctors say it takes a year for any surgery to be really classified as fully healed… So give it some more time… If time doesn’t help talk to the doctor, they are the experts in what’s going on

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I had an ankle replacement at the London foot and ankle centre London bridge hospital at the end of January 2013 . After 9 months I still have pain and find walking very difficult . I am 71 but reasonably fit for my age . I need to take ibuprofen most days .

I have more pain now than befor when I had osteoarthritis .

I would like to hear of other people with the same condition .

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It is now just over 2 years since I had my ankle replacement operation and quite frankly up to about 2 months ago I really despaired for m future mobility. Unfortunately I did not have any Physio offered. My consultant felt it was not necessary. ..?? I paid for a private trainer to work with me 2days a week to both strengthen my

ankle and leg as well as work on my core strength as your whole body needs to adjust and readjust to the

physical change. I experienced all the symptoms bing outlined. Swelling all around the ankle and up my lower leg. Pain in the ankle and then referred pain in the lower back and hips. My consultant could not find

anything wrong and carried out yet more tests, scans, both CT/MRI and ultrasound Yes there was obviously something not right but he did not know what and wanted to reopen he ankle to see if that would tell him

anything more. I did not want this and so aid to see a podiatrist who recommended that I wore an ankle boot-not anything horrible -just a normal formal shoe but covering the ankle and giving it support. At the same time she felt I needed an insole to support the arches. I bought the boots and wear them at work Monday to

Friday It works! Within 2 weeks the swelling ad subsided. Most of the pain had gone and I feel much more mobile and at ease. I am still working with the hospital orthotics dept on an insole but I don’t feel this

is germane to the ankle problem Believe me it changed the whole situation almost overnight. After 2years of regret I now feel the operation was worthwhile. Hope this may help looking forward or indeed coping with the current early days despair.

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