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Mar 21, 2016 · Core Decompression Surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I can swim and do stationary bike and that is all that doesn’t hurt. Otherwise, I just flex my foot with no weight. My doctors have both said that Core Decompression is not an option for me as well as any other surgeries except fusion. Not sure if I understand why.

Tracy

Mar 18, 2016 · Core Decompression Surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello,

I had Triple Arthrodesis in Feb. 2013 and found out in May 2014 (after a very successful healing) that they had lost blood flow to my Talus bone and that is was cracking and AVN was starting to set in. After months of non-weight bearing, months of a boot and throwing everything possible at it, it looks like it is not getting worse and I may be getting some blood flow back. However, it is almost 2 years later and I still have to wear a brace if I walk more than a couple blocks and I cannot do any prolonged walking, exercise, etc. Also, if I sit without elevating my foot for more than 5 minutes it gets so stiff I limp really bad until the blood flow gets back. I am sure there is probably arthritis setting in and causing some of the discomfort. Both surgeons/specialists I have seen (they are supposed to be the best in Seattle and Portland) say there is nothing I can do, possibly a full ankle fusion or of course, amputation if it never gets better. I don’t want to lose any more functionality in my foot with fusion. Of course, amputation is a last resort. I have considered trying PRP or Stem Cells, any other ideas? I think acupuncture and electrical stimulation has helped, but only to a point (both my doctors don’t believe in any of that, which is frustrating!). Also, to note, I was an athlete so this is causing me to pretty much lose my identity. But, the plus side is I am strong everywhere and have never broken a bone, so have a strong structure everywhere else to work with. I am willing to try anything, but of course, insurance does not cover some of this and so want to know if anyone has had experience with a similar issue. Any input would help!
Tracy