IamA 18 year old with an electric bone stimulator implanted in my ankle! AMA!
My short bio: I was born with a congenital birth defect called clubfoot which is a deformity when the foot is turned in a direction not conducive to walking. I had my first full ankle reconstruction at 6 months old after serial casting did not work. I lived with the defect and the problems it caused such as having a leg length difference of about an inch and having significantly different sized feet, my left (normal) foot is a women's 12 whereas my right (affected) foot is a women's 8.5-9. My ankle was completely arthritic by the time I was 12 but decided to wait to undergo the next surgery until I was done growing. This last February I underwent a second complete reconstruction of my right foot, ankle and calf in an effort to remove the diseased joint and give me a less painful life. Unfortunately one of the parts of the bone that was cut didn't want to heal correctly which lead to a secondary surgery in July to do a bone graft from my heel and put it into the site that wouldn't heal. After waiting to see if the joint would heal up, and realizing it wouldn't, we opted to go back in this November to revise some of the hardware and implant a bone stimulator under the skin with guide wires being placed in the cracks left in the bone. So go ahead and AMA, I can't wait to hear back from you guys!