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  1. lmc1972

    Hello, start of the journey

    Hi everyone, thank you for allowing me to join, I am a 41 year old woman and just starting on the road to amputation. I suffered a full dislocation and triple fracture of my right ankle in 2005, after a number of various operations including firstly a sub-talar fusion in 2007 followed by an ankle fusion in 2008 I have made the decision to look into amputation as my foot is now severely arthritic and I am in a lot of pain and discomfort. My consultant has agreed that due to this pain and discomfort I am in and the lack of mobility I have I am making a sensible decision. He has offered to refer me for a 2nd opinion about considering an ankle replacement but he has been reluctant to explore that in the past and I am concerned he is clutching at straws and delaying the inevitable. Today I met with my local prosthetics user group who were all so lovely, they made me and my partner so welcome and really helped us with their support, they advised me to request an appointment with a different surgeon at the hospital who has dealt with amputations and could look at my medical history and give me a scientific opinion which I am in the process of now arranging, thankfully my current consultant shares the same secretary as the other one so this made the request easier. After looking on the internet and reading many forum posts including this one I am wondering if anyone else has been faced with choosing an ankle replacement or amputation? Many people have said they tried fusion first or chose amputation over fusion and I by no means regret my fusions, they gave me a few years pain free and were certainly worth trying however at 41 I am hopefully young enough to deal with amputation and return to work but I worry that if I choose replacement I won't get the mobilty I seek and can hopefully achieve with a prosthetic albeit an nhs one and will still be facing amputation in roughly 10 years which is the average life span of a replacement. Any advice would be gratefully received and I understand everyone is different but it would help to learn about other peoples experiences. Thanks.