Yes his name is Johnny, nice man, held my foot the whole time as me and hubs gazed at mri shots of my poor damaged ankle and he explained how he could but would'nt tranplant a tendon from one side of my ankle to the other, but he thought that too risky as new tendon would be smaller and probably would'nt work well.
He thought the better option at this point would be a triple fusion of joints. I will in the long term need an ankle replacement, which are getting better all the time, but not perfected yet, but to get one, my ankle will need to be in correct position, so the arthrocendisis? triple fusion will line my ankle up, but oh he can't really tell how well the other joint will hold up and actually he says I don't have fallen arches after all! it is the tendon that was damaged when RA was uncontrolled that has caused my foot to look and act this way. He also said he might have to go back again and do another fusion does'nt go to plan.
To be quite honest all I heard was 3 month recovery time, and total immobilisation and foot up for 3 weeks (arg how will I go to the loo during the night) Luckily my hubs was listening carefully, and seemed to take in the MRIs well, and could explain it all very well to me afterwards, although I do think he cut the recovery time, in his explanation!. My boss looked worried when I told him this afternoon.
Anyway, I can say when I want it done, so I am thinking November might suit me. I have to say dread thoughts of anaesthetic etc and am in a 'why me' phase tnite. You know that feeling, why my poor joint had to attacked by the very bad and nasty RA.
Let me have your thoughts, especially anyone who has had ankle joints fused how did it work out?
As I mentioned before, surgeon is keeping me on all my meds, does'nt take Rheum patients off them.
Oh I hope I trust him