This week, one day short of a year after my hip replacement I had another orthopaedic surgery – this time an ankle fusion to attempt to combat the pain and arthritis in my right ankle.
I decided to do a series of video diaries, the first was filmed the day before my surgery, through to the big day and the time I spent in hospital. Check back for more updates as I talk honestly about my surgery, the difficulties it brings along with some tips on how you can cope if you are unlucky enough to need a similiar surgery!
My procedure was a right ankle fusion.
The goal of ankle arthrodesis (also commonly known as ankle fusion) is to relieve pain and maintain or improve function for a patient with ankle arthritis. Ankle arthritis is degeneration of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones that form the ankle joint. These bones are the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. (taken from here).
I saw my surgeon the day after my surgery who is very pleased with the operation, they had planned for a long and complicated procedure but it seemed to go really well, with all my new shiny metalwork going in very nicely and as an added bonus, I didn’t need the planned bone graft.
The last few days have been tough. I had a couple of panic attacks whilst in the hospital and managed to fall up some stairs whilst the physiotherapists (who have gone on my list) taught me to use crutches. I’ve been left with some great bruises on my good (well, better) leg and feeling a little less confident about getting around on crutches – despite all the practice I’ve had over the years. Check out my video diary below.
If you have any questions or if there is anything you’d like to know or like me to explain please get in touch – I’m trying to be open and honest about the ups and downs of my disability and I really hope people find it useful or interesting!