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  1. robyn9690

    Ankle Total ankle arthroplasty July 8, 2019

    HI, You are about 6 months out from surgery and I'm curious on your progress. How is your swelling? How is your incision site, i.e. nerves, numbness? What is your range of motion? Can you please provide an update? Thanks!!!
  2. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Jimmer! I'm so sorry to hear about your setback. At least it doesn't appear to be any actual damage to the implant. Tendons can heal and the long term results are still worth a little bit more healing time and patience. Please update us on your progress. I'm still trotting along. I'm...
  3. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Larry, Thank goodness I haven't encountered too many steps so far. I had a holiday event to attend and had to walk down a few flights of stairs. Going down was fine but I took the elevator back up. Walking is getting easier so my flexibility is getting better. My PT therapist advised my...
  4. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    UPDATE: I forgot to post my update from my last doctor's visit on 12/19. He took more x-rays and told me everything looked great, no bone overgrowth on the implant. I still have only limited flexibility for the range of motion for up and down but he told me to stop the PT and just continue...
  5. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Jimmer, I'm happy to hear that you are progressing. I'm into my second month of PT and I still have a limited range of motion for the up and down position. I see the doctor on 12/19 so I'm wondering if I'll be on my own after that. I've only been going twice a week for PT and sometimes...
  6. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hopefully the therapist can offer some other suggestions. You still have a month before Christmas so keep your fingers crossed you can make that long drive! In my case, the driving doesn't seem to bother me since there's no weight on the ankle, just movement.
  7. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Jimmer, I still have swelling and redness in my ankle as soon as I step on it. I try and wear the compression sock most of the time. You might give that a try for less pain and swelling. Also, are you icing your ankle?
  8. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    UPDATE: I went for my check up with the surgeon yesterday. No new x-rays were taken but he checked the movement and flexibility of my ankle. At 9 weeks post surgery, he was very happy with my progress. My tendons are still very tight and I have very limited range of motion for the upward...
  9. robyn9690

    Ankle My total ankle replacement story

    That's great news. I know we have to endure some pain to regain our flexibility back but there are limits. I'm 9 weeks out today and I see the surgeon tomorrow. I don't know whether he'll continue the PT or not but I still have minimum range of motion for up and down. I went into this...
  10. robyn9690

    Ankle My total ankle replacement story

    Larry, I agree with Jaycey, you need to speak up to your therapist. I've never experienced a lot of pain during the sessions. He always asks how I'm feeling when he's pressing my foot upwards (my hardest exercise). He also has recommended to keep icing my ankle at night for about 15 minutes...
  11. robyn9690

    Ankle My total ankle replacement story

    Larry, Wow, looks just like my implant! I'm glad the doctor has given you the go ahead for the PT sessions. Those have certainly helped me. I went yesterday for another PT appointment and he's advised me to start walking around more. I sit a lot for my job so I guess my ankle is stiffening...
  12. robyn9690

    Ankle My total ankle replacement story

    Hi Larry, No, I've not experienced that type of swelling at all. I would definitely call your doctor and mention that this is happening. I do have very little pain in my Achilles tendon, but it's very tight. The therapist is working to get mine stretched and more flexible. Most of my...
  13. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Jimmer, That's great news that you are out of the hard cast and slowing becoming weight bearing. Even though my doctor didn't instruct me with the same, I wish I had taken it a bit more slowly. Either way, I've have 2 weeks of PT (4 sessions) with a little bit more aggressive with each...
  14. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Steve, Thanks for posting your experience. I'm hoping 10 months post-surgery, I'm in the same position as you. I'm also very active and travel quite a bit, so I'm looking forward to doing these activities without the pre-surgery pain. I just started PT and weight bearing. I'm still...
  15. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Larry, Yes, I found the therapist through my doctor. He actually does therapy in their office two days a week. He does have another office location but it’s convenient that I can go to their same office. Also he will report in to my surgeon with my progress. If for some reason I have to...
  16. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    UPDATE: 5 weeks after surgery. The doctor took x-rays and was happy with the results. He cleared me to start walking on my new ankle. I start PT next Tuesday, 2 times a week for one month. The doctor didn't give me any exercises to complete now, so I'm assuming I'll get those from the...
  17. robyn9690

    Ankle My total ankle replacement story

    Wow, that is great news!!! How did your incision look? I'm at exactly 4 weeks today and my doctor isn't back in the office until next week, so my appointment is for Thursday, Oct. 24th. I'm hoping I'll get the same news and can start bearing weight on my foot. Looking forward to your next...
  18. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Hi Diana, So sorry you are needing an ankle replacement. Even though you live over in Switzerland, the type of ankle replacement I have is widely used in Europe as well. I would do more research for your location. The surgeon was unable to give me conclusive information as to how long before I...
  19. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Update: Went yesterday and the doctor removed the other half of my staples. He placed surgical strips across the incision site. I have gauze over the incision and a compression sock. I still have the hard walking boot for when I'm out of the house. Still no weight bearing at this time but...
  20. robyn9690

    Ankle Total Ankle Replacement 9-12-19

    Update: Had a follow up visit yesterday at the doctors. They removed half of the staples and put me in a hard walking boot. They also did x-rays and are very happy with the way that it looks. I can take the walking boot off at night and for showering but still no weight-bearing at this point...

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