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I may be asking the wrong question on the wrong forum, but figured. I would give it a shot. After having a serious build up of chronic arthritis in my right ankle from a traumatic in my right ankle 15+ years ago, I was told yesterday that I would be needing to get an ankle fusion or an ankle joint replacement.
I have a lot of anxiety today and trying to get a broader sens of my future and longevity. I am aiming towards a fusion due to longevity, and also due to reading up of many articles that state that the replacement is only good for 10-12 years.
OK, so, I am going to ask. It is my right ankle, breaking ankle. Is there anyone out there that has a fused right ankle and still riding without problems?? It is a big to point, because I really do not give up the ultra glide. Trying to take this all in, as it is overwhelming as heck to try and figure it all out.
Thanks in advance.
 

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I have a couple customers that have prosthetic lower limbs and it hasn't cramped their style at all. They ride their bikes better than they can walk !!!
I was riding with a hip to toe cast on my left leg a month after I had my accident, just had to get used to it is all. Right foot on the ground at stop signs !
I've also had 2 different fusions, one in '89 on my left wrist and one in '93 on my C3 - C4 cervical spine. No problems so far so I'm recommending the fusion over the replacement.
Good luck !
 

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While I have some movement in my right ankle, due to a bad break I have a plate and 13 pins in it. It's pretty close to being fused.

Just had to get used to it while riding, nothing much to it really. Shifter foot might be different, but just working the brake doesn't require much ankle movement.

Little pic right after the break/surgery. Couldn't ride for 4 months.

 

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Not the same ankle, but I have limited motion in my left ankle plus Arthur moved in several years ago all because of playing tag with the front end of an SUV at over 50 mph. Got plates and screws in the leg and am surprised that they managed to salvage anything movable in the ankle. I ride almost daily, including lost of cross country riding when the weather lets me, and it took me maybe part of one ride to make the necessary adjustments to ride safely and properly. The mental part is the worst, but once you get back in the saddle, you'll make the necessary adjustments, and that good feeling that you're back will make that a very special ride indeed.
 

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Not the same ankle, but I have limited motion in my left ankle plus Arthur moved in several years ago all because of playing tag with the front end of an SUV at over 50 mph. Got plates and screws in the leg and am surprised that they managed to salvage anything movable in the ankle. I ride almost daily, including lost of cross country riding when the weather lets me, and it took me maybe part of one ride to make the necessary adjustments to ride safely and properly. The mental part is the worst, but once you get back in the saddle, you'll make the necessary adjustments, and that good feeling that you're back will make that a very special ride indeed.
So, I gotta say, I am already there, and have 4 screws in my ankle, and now the "arthur" as you refer to it, (LOL) has been there since after it happened in 95. I was told at that time it would only get worse, and so, here it is, much worse. A day after the injection, the pain is less, but I was back on ice again tonight. A way of life.
I think in the long run the fusion will be the best choice, and will probably happen at the end of this summer........Just high anxiety today, and frustration. You have the same ride as me, and it looks like the same color. Anyway, I just wanted to know and still do, that I do not have to be done riding. I know that is my decision, but just updated to this 2011 Ultra last May. Love it and want to stay safe and confident.
 

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Just my 2 cents. May want to check with another surgeon for 2nd. opinion. Not all doc's are up on latest and greatest procedures. Good luck what ever you decide.
 

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I would seriously consider the joint replacement. When performed with the latest hardware and by skilled physician, you can maintain normal mobility of your ankle. Fusing the ankle joint sounds more like something that you would have recommended from the VA, Obamacare or second tier physician.

Replacement joints today have longer life than they did just ten years ago. Get a second opinion at a teaching hospital that specializes in joint replacement procedures. As a general rule, the best does not cost much more, if any more, than mediocre medical care.

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I may be asking the wrong question on the wrong forum, but figured. I would give it a shot. After having a serious build up of chronic arthritis in my right ankle from a traumatic in my right ankle 15+ years ago, I was told yesterday that I would be needing to get an ankle fusion or an ankle joint replacement.
I have a lot of anxiety today and trying to get a broader sens of my future and longevity. I am aiming towards a fusion due to longevity, and also due to reading up of many articles that state that the replacement is only good for 10-12 years.
OK, so, I am going to ask. It is my right ankle, breaking ankle. Is there anyone out there that has a fused right ankle and still riding without problems?? It is a big to point, because I really do not give up the ultra glide. Trying to take this all in, as it is overwhelming as heck to try and figure it all out.
Thanks in advance.
 

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I would seriously consider the joint replacement. When performed with the latest hardware and by skilled physician, you can maintain normal mobility of your ankle. Fusing the ankle joint sounds more like something that you would have recommended from the VA, Obamacare or second tier physician.

Replacement joints today have longer life than they did just ten years ago. Get a second opinion at a teaching hospital that specializes in joint replacement procedures. As a general rule, the best does not cost much more, if any more, than mediocre medical care.

Pete
SO far the fusion has the best longevity from what I have been researching. I understand your thought about the VA, but the replacement joint has said to run its course in 10-12 years, and the fusion is for life. I am learning more each day and will know even more when I finally get to a specialist. I am not against anything yet. Just trying to get smarter about it, and really appreciate the input that all of you offer............
I am just hoping that I can continue to ride safely, and am pretty sure that will happen.
 

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Personally, I would go for the replacement. If it last ten years, then replace it again. you will retain mobility. Any type of fusion can still cause pain and limits mobility. Get the second opinion. And good luck to you. I am sure it's a difficult decision.

As for the brake, I am sure you can link the front and back brakes. I think they call it reflex braking?
 

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There will be some adjustments I'm sure, but I really don't see you not being able to ride just fine with a fused right (Braking) ankle. The only issue I might see would be that you may give it "more" brakes than you need and lock up the rear tire. Having a bike with ABS would help in that matter and if you have a new '14 or up bike, they have the interlinked braking system. So you would get both back and front brakes by just using your front brake (right hand/not foot). Plus don't forget, most of your braking is done with your front brake.

The only other question I may have is what will your ability to feel be once they have fused your ankle??? if you loose feeling, you may not be able to feel how much brake your are giving it or not. again, i don't see the end of your riding career coming because of this. if there is a will, there is a way.

Good luck, and just make the best decision YOU can.
 

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I have lived with a fused right ankle all my adult life. When I was 16 I kept spraining it and then had it messed up playing football. So the surgeon put a stainless steel staple in the arch and one on the upper outside of the ankle joint. Since then all I can do is move the foot up and down, can not point it inward. It does not bother me at all in operating the break pedal and at my age, I can still run faster than my 37 yr old son. However, let me stress one thing, rehabilitate that leg and ankle to the max, to prevent atrophied. Ask me how I know.
 

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I have lived with a fused right ankle all my adult life. When I was 16 I kept spraining it and then had it messed up playing football. So the surgeon put a stainless steel staple in the arch and one on the upper outside of the ankle joint. Since then all I can do is move the foot up and down, can not point it inward. It does not bother me at all in operating the break pedal and at my age, I can still run faster than my 37 yr old son. However, let me stress one thing, rehabilitate that leg and ankle to the max, to prevent atrophied. Ask me how I know.
Thanks so much for your reply. I have trying many things to reach some folks that have had this surgery. I messaged you, and hope that you get in touch with me.
I actually asked my doctors office today If they knew anyone that I could meet to know how their situation worked out, so, I welcome any input you have.............
 
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