Avascular necrosis in my talus bone

I shattered and dislocated my talus bone in sept 2003, had 4 screws installed, and have been on crutches since. Two months ago my x-rays showed I am missing a substantial amount of bone on the inside of my ankle and it will probably collapse if I put weight on it without a cast. Last month when I got my regular x-rays my dr. discovered I developed avascular necrosis and I need to wait 6 months to see how or if it heals before we decide what actions to take. As of right now I can put a small amount of weight on it, but it doesnt feel right and I think it will collapse if I put too much. I have maybe 15 degrees of movement up and down but 0 side to side.

Is it possible that my bone will heal in the next 6 months?
If not what options do I have to repair it?

Is it likely that I will ever be able to walk without aid of a cane or crutches?

My dr. mentioned something about fusion surgery but did not elaborate. Does anybody know what exactly this is?

Posted By Josh Long on January 13, 2004 at 08:26:12:

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