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Living with an ankle fusion and subtalar fusion--Any advice?

By March 30, 2010 - 9:51pm
 
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In January of 2009, I fell from a ladder and suffered a catastrophic open-bone fracture of my talus. Not only was the talus shattered, but I immediately developed a serious infection and subsequent deep wound. 9 surgeries, 8 months of IV antibiotics, 9 months on a VAC device, and 15 months of walking in a boot, later . . . I am now looking at life following a complete ankle and subtalar fusion (no part of my ankle moves--except my toes). I am overjoyed that my fusion surgery was successful and am looking forward to learning how to walk again! I was just given the go-ahead from my doctor to begin using MBT shoes and to start physical therapy. I am just wondering if others have walked this road before and have any advice or insight. Thanks so much. Anneh8sldrs (Anne hates ladders)

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hi my name is ronee martinez i have had 13 surgiers on my right ankel from a compound fracture on my right5 ankel dec 7 2011 i have had a vone vac skin graph pick line do too a deep infection. i got a secound oppion and there is now no infection becaudse they removed all the srews and hard ware out my ankel now i have no movement my foot is going the other way its pretty jacked up but the doctere that vi am seeing said he can save my ankel with a bone fusion i am just a little worried about a in fection coming back i just want a normal life agin i am 30 years old and i just had a baby i wanted too just talk too a couple people that has had a bone fusion and if they worked for them

June 3, 2017 - 5:58pm
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I had the ankle replacement (STAR) and I would recommend this before fusion. I had total movement of my ankle within a few weeks. Many podiatrists apparently do not keep up with the latest ankle surgeries. Others in fact do the replacement surgery. I would recommend looking into the replacement first. If you want your ankle immobilized you can always go that route later if the replacement does not work.

April 16, 2017 - 4:01am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Who did your STAR ankle replacement surgery? I had a subtalar fusion that did not fuse and then a revisinal subtalar fusion that is only 50% fused. I was told the ankle replacement surgeries are not as advanced to date. I am seeing the top foot and ankle surgeon in the country. I would love more info.

June 13, 2017 - 8:22pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

who is your surgeon?

June 14, 2017 - 8:10am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Robert Anderson at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC

He's an amazing surgeon. Very knowledgeable.

June 14, 2017 - 9:23am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I am scheduled for ankle fusion on July 27 for club foot. I have met with many doctors around the US. How did you determine that he is the best ankle surgeon in the US?

June 14, 2017 - 9:53am
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I'm sorry, I thought I was replying to someone who had the STAR ankle replacement. I just saw you're having a total fusion.

I would google top US foot and ankle surgeons. He only other doctors I considered going to see were Clanton in Vail, CO and Brodsky in Texas. I'm not sure who would be the best for a club foot but those guys know the lastest info and would not steer you wrong.

June 14, 2017 - 10:19am
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Anonymous (reply to pems)

I saw Brodsky in Texas. He was amazing - knew more than any other doctor I had seen in 30 years. However, I did not want to be alone in Texas for a month healing post surgery until I could fly. He recommended I have the surgery in LA with Dr. David Thordarson, whom he highly recommended. I still think that Brodsky would be the best.

June 20, 2017 - 8:31am
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Foot surgery is extremely painful so being alone for a month, healing would be very difficult.

I had a 6 hour drive post-op and then flew back to Charlotte for my 2 week post-op check up. Traveling is very difficult so, if you can avoid it, I would.

If Brodsky recommended someone, I know you will be in great hands.

June 21, 2017 - 7:12am
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Anonymous (reply to pems)

how is your ankle now?

June 21, 2017 - 11:44am
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