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Old 01-11-2016, 06:40 PM #1
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Default Anyone had foot arthrodesis (fusion)?

I've had spinal fusion surgery, no dramas, but feet sounds a bit more tricky. I'm already in a wheelchair from my back and the advanced OA all over the rest of my skeleton (not my spine tho, weirdly). I'm looking at having both feet fused (rear fusion) to limit the time I can't drive, as it's 3 months in casts.

Has anyone had this procedure, how long were you in hospital & how's the recovery?

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Well I'm booked in for the left foot arthrodesis on Monday, decided it couldn't wait whereas the right foot isn't as bad. Yet.

Advanced OA, spinal fusions L5-6, L6-S1, extra lumbar vertebrae, spina bifida occulta L4, fibromyalgia, tenosynovitis L ankle, roll in a Quickie Q7 chair
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Mairi,

I hope your procedure goes smoothly and brings relief.

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Mairi, hope all turns out well for you. I deal with advancing OA in foot, from knee mess from hip replacement mess. All connected. Patience with healing is key.
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I was a kind of worse case scenario when I had a fusion of the tibiotalar, subtalar, and distal interphalangeal joint on my middle toe to help alleviate some of the swelling and pain that was caused by arthritis on my right ankle/foot. I ultimately had a bad result from the surgery, but my result was a long way from normal. Most people do well after a lengthy recovery, and can return to walking again with a fairly normal gait.

It is a slow recovery, but as long as you listen to your doctors and about the non weight bearing period of I think it was 10 weeks you should do well. Sorry I did not see this message earlier. Do you know what joints are being fused? I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.
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I almost forgot. I was out of the hospital the day after the procedure. If you have any complications, they may keep you an extra day.

Again, I hope all goes well come Monday.
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Thanks! I'm staying in for 3 days then transferring to a rehab hospital for a couple of weeks' R&R 😉 I'm having the cuboid & cuneiform bone fused - an uncommon surgery but uncommon is par for the course with me! Happy my X Files Blu Ray boxed set arrived in time for my month off work too lol

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Happy to say it went well & no pain, in a rehab hospital now.

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So glad all went well. Get some rest. Hoping for a speedy recovery.
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