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My ankle is not fused even after screws

I had surgery in Nov. of 2007 attempting to fuse my right ankle. My own leg bone was used. One of the two screws broke at the site and it did not fuse. The surgery was repeated in Nov. of 2008, the screws were removed, a larger amount of bone from my hip was used, the screws were replaced by large staples, and again it did not fuse. The staples have pulled out of the bone and they are to be removed on Friday this week. Since the surgeries have begun my foot, ankle, and lower leg to the knee have been continuously swollen to a very large extent. My surgeon doesn't know what's causing the swelling. We've had various tests done, I've seen 3-4 doctors in other fields of study, but no one seems to know the answers to the problems. Do you have any suggestions as to why the fusion isn't happening, and any suggestions on what else we can try?

Asked On : Wed, 6 Jan 2010
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I have had 3 ankle fusions and none of them have worked. I talked to my Doc today and he told me that will would talk more about it later. Sometime I feel they need to just cut it off and make me a new leg. Please reply because sometimes i feel like i am in this alone.

Answered: Thu, 14 Jan 2010
  Anonymous's Response

Take a MRI and a bone biopsy from the site to see whats going wrong with the bone. It should give some insight as to whats happening, why screws are falling off and why the bone is not getting fused even with repeated attempts.

Answered: Thu, 7 Jan 2010
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