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Ankle Replacement, is it worth it?

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My left ankle is getting very painful with Arthritis caused by trauma in 1966.
It can tell me that its going to rain tomorrow, which is only slightly useful compared with the grief it give me if I've been standing or sitting for a while.
I've heard of this procedure, I don't know I'd get it on the NHS.
They may deem I'm just too old for it.

I get a certain amount of respite at the moment when its locked in a ski boot, but I don't know how much longer that will last.

Has anyone got any thoughts on this?
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I didn’t realise how much pain I had got used to in my ankle before I agreed to an operation after 10 years of pain - torn ligaments and bands everywhere that had only ever partially healed or were flapping.

I’d have a chat to James Calder (who fixed me) over at
https://www.fortiusclinic.com/specialists/professor-james-calder

But I’d say do it
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Thanks @Agent Orange
Do you mind me asking how old you are?
How much did it cost you?
How long were you immobile after the operation?
How long did you have to wait to have the operation?
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Wow, never knew this was possible, will watch with interest!
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I'm now 46, was 43 when had the op, £250 per consult (two required), one MRI (£250) and surgery was £5-6K quoted but I didn't pay for the surgery as was a discovery piece for him as first time anyone had presented in the world and I think he wanted to explore it all and get answers - I know I was used as training and presentation video afterwards, 3 weeks in cast, 8-10 weeks on crutches, 6 months back to normal-ish, but timings of events meant skiing took 14 months to get back to. He booked me in pretty quick, about 2 weeks after I had decided to go ahead with it. He used to operate out of Chelsea and Basingstoke Foot and Ankle clinic for surgeries.
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https://foot-ankle.co.uk is the Basingstoke surgery location
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@DrLawn, there are very few operations not available on the NHS.
And there is hardly a joint you can't have replaced.
You can certainly get an ankle replacement on the NHS.
Just make sure you contact a proper Foot and Ankle unit, and not some General Orthopaedic setup.
There is little point going Private: you get the same surgeon and anaesthetist.
The only benefit is having more control over when the procedure is done, and maybe better food.
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Cheers @Agent Orange, thanks for all the info ...
& thanks @Jonpim we do all right out of the NHS ...
I'll see how I get on, I've never raised the subject with my local GP's in all the years I've suffered from it.
This afternoon could mark a turning point in my life ... or at least whats left of it Smile
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Hubby has had private insurance through his previous employer for the past 30+ years. Most he has ever used it for was an intensive course of physio after he broke his neck. We're back to good old NHS for everything now as he's moved to work in a GP practice.
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I'm not getting anywhere with my GP ... she's not heard of ankle replacement I think I'll get on and ring James Calder again.
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My sister had an ankle replacement when she was in her mid 60's. The top dude at Royal Devon & Exeter is Ian Sharp. Has his own foot and ankle clinic. Google and you will find him. Good luck.
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@DrLawn, i would be changing my GP Shocked
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So its only my GP who has not heard of the procedure then?

I prefer the sound of a new ankle compared with a fusion job ... as long as it doesn't squeak too much.

I forgot .. does it hurt?
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@DrLawn, well if I have I would expect a GP to have done. A quick google shows its mainstream
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Cheers @holidayloverxx ... I think like most things these days .. if you want something done well, you have to do it yourself.
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DrLawn wrote:
Cheers @holidayloverxx ... I think like most things these days .. if you want something done well, you have to do it yourself.


I think replacing an ankle is probably not one of those things wink Laughing
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@DrLawn, maybe you don't need a replacement, that would obvs be for the surgeon to decide, but you do need referral to someone who is a specialist in foot and ankle surgery. See another GP.
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@adithorp,
Oh... I see what you mean ... I find it pretty hard to bite my own toe nails as well these days.

@Hells Bells,
Of course, let the surgeon decide. I fully imagine he will say ... "sorry mate you're too late." But at least I'll have tried.

This is where SnowHeads really comes in useful, it takes over a week now to get a 5 minute phone consultation with your GP (and mines one of the better ones in this town)
But I can at least get pointed in the right direction here in the Snowy fraternity ..
We've got all kind of experts in this group from all things skiing related to wallpapering with lawn care along the way.
I feel blessed I can count on you guys.
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I would suggest a quick Google shows you it is profitable and therefore pushed heavily.

Most DGHs will not be doing it. Ergo most GPs will not be familiar with it.

Totally agree go to see specialist clinic. All my patients who've has fusions love them and they are all active people. The one guy who had a replacement found it good but was always worried about it.
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A little more googling reveals about 800 ankle replacements per year in the UK vs about 100000 each of knees and hips.

If only about one in a hundred thousand people a year are getting it, there won't be a huge amount of experience. I wouldn't think about changing GP, they probably have other things on their mind.
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Hi @motdoc,
Thanks for your input, I can understand that it a pretty rare procedure and I too don't know if I really have the bottle for it.
But I've never had any advice on my growing Arthritis problem for more than 50 years.
Its about time I tried to find out what's available for me.
Even if it's only free parking.

I jest, I don't want a disable sticker on my car.
Thank's for your support everybody ... I'll at least try to get a consultation, from an expert.
Its only the price of a 6 day lift pass.
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Eat less than 500 calories a day for 5-10 days per month.

Will reduce arthritis pain and symptoms by up to 80%.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/fasting-can-help-ease-inflammation-in-the-body
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