I knew it wouldnt be as easy as a hip replacement, and that the months after surgery would be tough..... I still cant walk any further than I could pre-op, and its not that I've done too much walking (only 1 trip to town and 1 to the pub since my casts been off). Bbut I find myself waking up each day to an agonising pain near my heel. This may be because I do actually need another op, which is on my heel.... But its really been getting to me! And also, I've been trying to find some information on young people with ankle replacements but so far all I have found is some boring journals saying that "young" patients (aged 40!!, bloody 40!!) shouldn't have the op if they are not a desperate danny and could live with painkillers.
Though I did come to find this facebook group about ankle replacements and this guy on there claimed to be a surgeon in the US and says the youngest patient whos had this done is a 14 year old! How true that is I dont know, and it seems a bit wrong, no?
I know I've had the op now, and maybe there's little point in looking, but basically it would of been nice to of seen someone's progress, I mean, is there a life with heels after?? Nice ones??? Not those stupid little heels that are just pointless in even pretending they are heels......
Also, just incase anyone wondered, there are a few types of replacement to my knowledge but the one I think that was used for me is the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement or 'STAR' which I believe is the only one that doesn't use some sort of cement? So in years to come if I need it re replaced then the process is easier. But if you are looking for info on ankle replacement by now you may have realised the very frustrating truth that there isn't much as studies and findings are not really that old, so who knows how long this baby will last!
If you are interested in finding out a bit more but cant find anything or are a little bit lazy then try the Total Small Bone website which has a picture of the replacement all shiny and new and there is some sort of leaflet which may answer some questions you might have.
By the way, if you have had a total ankle replacement I'd love to hear your story!