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i have a broken ankle that has misaligned when repaired and

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i have a broken ankle that has misaligned when repaired and now have to have surgery with choice of pins or have ankle fused. what do u recommend. i am 57 yrs with diabetes.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
Hello
Why the option.
Pins will generally give more mobility

What has been told to you?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

dr said pins and then fuse if not successful...then said will have to break fibula to realign....i said i was already tired of six weeks in plaster so he said fuse will be his recommendation as will stop pain and only one op. Does diabetes affect healing?

 

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
Yes
diabetes affects healing
But with physical therapy you can heal.

Fusion will limit flexibility
I would consider this carefully.