I have been offered a Tibiotalocalcaneal fusion of my left ankle as my only option to correct my left ankle deformity and reduce the pain. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 45 years and the hind foot in the ankle is already fused. I understand what the operation involves but can find no information from people who have had the operation regarding the recovery period and long term results. My main worry concerns my inability to weight bear using crutches as a result of RA damage to my arms. The usual discharge period, after the op, is 4/5 days. How can I prepare?