Cliff note version: I’m getting an ankle fusion and could use advice from people who have done a fusion. Questions at the bottom
A little back story. In 2006 I was in a bad car accident which shattered my ankle along with many other broken bones. After 7 days in the hospital, 6 months off work, and 3 surgeries I was settling into my new normal.
Now at 40 and dealing with constant pain since the accident my ankle has begun getting noticeably worse. I was lifting 4-5 days a week and hitting legs 2-3 of those days. I’m no super beast but could comfortably sumo squat 6x5 at 450lbs so on a bad ankle I was happy.
In February after moving a couch I suddenly had a significant amount of pain and had to stop all leg pressing exercises. I’ve seen a couple surgeons who reviewed the lengthy list of issues with the anklke and they agree I only have 2 options: 1) ankle fusion, 2) continue to suck it up buttercup.
As you probably have guessed I’ve decided to fuse the ankle. With the increase in pain, already hitting all my medical deductibles, and my office will likely be working from home for the rest of the summer it feels like the right time to get my ankle issues addressed. To be honest I’m nervous about getting this done but ready to reduce the daily pain
I could use advice from anyone who has gone through this. Some advice I’m seeking is:
- recovery tips
- pain management
- how long before you walk with manageable pain
- what limitations do you notice