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Ankle Replacement In Canada ? (Page 2)


January 26th, 2012
Ankle replacement surgery
I have suffered with pain and immobility in my right ankle for 26 years. I broke my heel and tore all the tendons in the right ankle, have had 3 surgeries, some fusion with only little mobility. I coped with it for many years and then about 6 years ago started getting more pain and was not able to do many activities. I started getting cortizone shots regularly and took anti-inflammatories everyday. That was the only way I could cope with everyday activities. I was referred to Dr. Kevin Wing in Vancouver and saw him 4 years ago at which time he said I was a good candidate for ankle replacement. I was very nervous about it and did not go ahead with it but recently it has became more painful. I went back to Dr. Wing last week and he again felt that I should have the surgery. I am still very nervous about it but after reading everyones remarks am feeling more confident. Thank you all. I think I have decided to go ahead with it but probably not until after the summer. I could have it done in March but have too many things to do first. Please keep updating your recovery progress everyone.

Donna
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replied April 30th, 2012
There are good hospitals and doctors who treat orthopedic problems in France, that is possible to contact through samci.
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replied December 5th, 2014
Actually I don't have personal experience the ankle replacement surgeon in the UK but I know such surgeons in the US.
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replied June 7th, 2015
Ankle Cartilage
They stopped doing ankle replacements in London Ontario. Fusion is what they are recommending for my ankle. But I read studies in Sweden, UK are doing cartilage plugs since 2002 and USA Pennsylvania, California are doing experiments in 3d printing. Is there not anything in Canada that would be better then a replacement or fusion? 18 years of pain now would like it fixed.
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replied October 29th, 2019
I broke my right fibula in 1987. After repair, clean up and installation of plate and screws, I was told that I would have arthritis in the right ankle when I became older. The prediction was accurate. Many years later it became too painful for me to walk down the driveway. Local doctors suggested fusing the ankle. I sought other alternatives. Synovial fluid injections did no good. I researched ankle replacement and obtained a referral to Dr. Johnny Lau at Toronto Western Hospital. It took two years to get an appointment, and another two before surgical time came available. The wait was worth it. In 2007 I had total right ankle replacement by Dr. Johnny Lau. In 2017, when arthritis became extremely painful in my left ankle, I had total left ankle replacement performed by Dr. Lau. Both ankles are as good as new. I recommend Dr. Johnny Lau highly if ankle replacement is required.
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