I have end-stage ankle arthritis from a broken ankle 20 years ago. Although the surgeon and I discussed joint fusion, we decided to perform replacement surgery, and it's scheduled for the end of August.
I have looked on the Internet, but there is a lot of conflicting information on riding after surgery. The surgeon says techniques have improved a lot for ankle replacements in the last few years so most Internet info is out of date. And now replacement is preferred for a 55yo active person. He says- if I can ride now, I'll be able to ride again.
I was wondering if anyone here continues to ride after an ankle replacement.
Any information would be appreciated.
I recently completed a literature review on ankle replacements through the medical library I have access to. They are technical articles so if you don't mind dry reading, PM with regular email and I'll send them.
I would question that surgeon more throughly , as of today ankle replacement is a risky and rarely successful option for damaged ankles. I have been following this issue since the early 1990 . I am in touch with the best ankle surgeons in the country and they still advise me not to have a fusion or a replacement unless the ankle has collapsed. I'll be glad to give you some names if you are interested. However i can tell you that although some new devices are on the market the success rate isn't much better than the older replacements. . You should remember than the only research done on medical implants, devices and joint replacements are done by the manufacturers of the device. The FDA does not get involved like they do for medications.
The ankle is the most complicated joint in our body. There are no replacements that will function as a real ankle and may increase pain and dysfunction.
Some people consider amputation as there are very good prothesis that work wonderfully. I've thought about it but could not do that to my body.
go to brokenleg.com
do a search for author
he touched on this topic a few days ago and he said not to have the ankle replacement done. he said ankle replacements are for skinny people who are not active. even with all the rosy accolades for having one done, he said they do not hold up.
he is an OS that has major experience with really bad injuries. he works in a level one trauma center in orlando florida.
he also has a website boneguru.com
he said with an ankle fusion you still have movement in your foot and he said it will provide you with a better result.
oh sorry. i gave the wrong site. its www.mybrokenleg.com and its a legitamate website about broken legs. sorry! i just rattled it off quickly. its been in my favorites since beginning of march.
i would research many opinions about your issue and then make a decision based on your comfort level.
boneguru was pretty against ankle replacements.