When they had a knee fusion years ago, they were told it was their only option, and it was a permanent procedure. Hear from a doctor who is performing a risky procedure and the patients who say it's worth it to be able to bend their knees again.
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Risky Surgery Puts the Bend Back in Knees Melissa Natalie: Anthony Logan loves to rush. Anthony Logan: Being on a motorcycle was like a freedom that you can’t describe. Melissa Natalie: He’s back in his bike 10 years after a bad crash. Anthony Logan: My knee actually got a caught between two motorcycles. Melissa Natalie: 17 surgeries and a ragging staph infection followed. At the time, doctors told him to fuse or lose it. Anthony Logan: You see that it’s a solid bridge of bone. This is where his joint would have been. Melissa Natalie: He has knee to fused, a permanent procedure where two bones become one and the knee doesn’t bend. Henry Finn: It’s kind of like an appendage that works as a peg leg and it's there so you can ambulate but pretty much for everything else, it’s always in the way. Melissa Natalie: Doctor Henry Finn performs risky surgery to unfuse knees. Henry Finn: He has to be willing and accept the risk of loss of their limb and be so desperate not to keep the fusion that they would accept that. Melissa Natalie: He cuts through the fused bone and implants a mechanical joint. The stems that anchor it extend almost from the hip to the ankle. The saw comes dangerously close to the major artery and nerve. Henry Finn: The saw must come through here and stop without injuring that artery. Melissa Natalie: Doctor Finn has done 50 operations. None of his patients have lost their leg. There was one case of infection. Doctor Finn discusses the risk with patients for at least a year before surgery. Annette Czajkowski is considering it. She’s lived with a fused knee for 30 years simply sitting is a chore. Annette Czajkowski: It's even hindered working. People don’t want to hire you. Melissa Natalie: For Anthony, the risk paid off. He didn’t just do it for himself. He did it for these little guys, a dad who can now get down on their level. Anthony Logan: They’re my pride and joy. Melissa Natalie: I’m Melissa Natalie, reporting.

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