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[QUOTE=eko]Interesting, an implant after a fusion. How soon after a fusion would the implant be done? Has this Dr. done it before? What about the ligaments?

In regards to the pain you experience when running, would orthotics help any? How long ago did you have this fusion done? I am sorry, I have lots of questions and no answers.

Hope you find someone who has had this done. Best wishes - eko[/QUOTE]

I had the fusion done four years ago. I use orthotics every day and they help, but can only do so much. My case is probably unusual. I had a silicone spacer put in back in the 80's which eventually shattered and infected the joint. I had surgery to remove the debris, but the joint was essentially gone. For the fusion I had a bone graft put into to the joint and a plate put in with three screws to hold it all in place.

Since there is now bone where the joint used to be, I was exploring the possibility of putting in a titanium implant, thereby creating an entirely new joint. Two doctors say it is possible, but I don't necessarily believe them. So I'm trying to see if anyone else has had it done.
[QUOTE=Robert Sellers]I had the fusion done four years ago. I use orthotics every day and they help, but can only do so much. My case is probably unusual. I had a silicone spacer put in back in the 80's which eventually shattered and infected the joint. I had surgery to remove the debris, but the joint was essentially gone. For the fusion I had a bone graft put into to the joint and a plate put in with three screws to hold it all in place.

Since there is now bone where the joint used to be, I was exploring the possibility of putting in a titanium implant, thereby creating an entirely new joint. Two doctors say it is possible, but I don't necessarily believe them. So I'm trying to see if anyone else has had it done.[/QUOTE]





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