What was your experience following an ankle arthroscopy debridement procedure
My name is Trudi, and I had a complex ankle arthroscopy debridement following developing post-traumatic arthritis. The surgeon recommended this treatment as I had anterior impingement, and my dorsiflexion range of motion could not reach neutral. The surgery removed the bony growth, and they also managed to fix a severely sprained ligament. Overall, the surgery was considered successful.
Six weeks post-surgery, after diligently following the physio exercises, I've found that I'm in more pain than I was before the procedure. For example, I used to be able to walk around 3 miles. I'd feel pain after walking. However, after walking 1.4 miles am currently in significant pain after getting home and resting briefly.
I'd love to hear from people who've had an ankle arthroscopic procedure to understand how long your rehabilitation took to see any marked improvements. Learning about other experiences would also be useful.
Ultimately, the surgeon has advised that I'll need an ankle fusion as a Total Ankle Replacement isn't a suitable option as I've got synovitis and had a FREE flap created as I originally suffered an open compound fracture. So I'd also like to know if people have had an ankle fusion to learn what the rehab was like and how you are now post the procedure. Are you happy you had the ankle fusion? And what is your quality of life like?
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