I am looking for some feedback from anyone that has had an ankle fusion. I am in my mid 30s, and need to do something about my pain levels and inability to walk for any length of time / distance. I have had multiple previous surgeries with varying success and do not take having any operation lightly, but with a young son to look after and hopefully another on the way, I need a solution. I cannot take any more painkillers without increasing to morphine, which I do not want to do, so am looking into having the ankle fusion as a possibility next year.
I would like to hear just from those people that have had the operation. How did it impact on pain levels (did it get worse or better)? How was your walking after the op? Did the Op then impact the pain levels in your knees and hips? How did it affect your ability to wear shoes (as I presume you cannot bend your ankle to get certain shoes or boots on)?
Basically, any first hand experience tales would be great.