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Need Ankle Surgery
Replies: 12Last Post Dec. 10, 2016 8:16pm by PollyPocket
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I've been dealing with an ankle sprain since September, and was in a boot for about 6 weeks, have been doing PT and finally, my doctor orders an MRI. I had that on Friday, and got the results today.
He walked in with a solemn face and gave me the news: you've got a torn ligament. I had a knee-jerk reaction and cursed, then apologized for my language. It's just that that was literally the last thing I wanted to hear! I've already had surgery on this ankle, I didn't want to have to face that again.

Anyway, he sat down and was like, you've got 2 options, surgery, or wear a brace forever and still have problems...so I cursed again and said, well, surgery is the best option. So I have an appointment in early January to discuss the nitty gritty details of the surgery and to schedule it.

What really sucks is that I'm an adult now and work so there's no break for me to do this over (last time I did it over summer break -- can you say bummer summer?), so I'm going to miss out on a good amount of work.

The other thing is, I'm going to have to stay at my parent's house for at least the first week, if not longer so they can help me out because I remember last time I could barely do anything the first 2 weeks.
I'm really upset about this and I actually cried in the waiting room while waiting for my dad to come pick me up from the appointment. I'm 26...I shouldn't be on my 2nd surgery already!!

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I work in the field of orthopedic injuries and I personally would not get surgery. At least not yet. What is your profession? What do you need your body to do physically everyday? I just think the cons outweigh the pros for the most part in this case. Orthopedics can sometimes push for surgery when not needed because well, that's how they make money.

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What was the first surgery?

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I work in retail, and I'm trying to get into early childhood ed...I NEED full use of my ankle, and I don't have that with a brace.

I have no idea what my first surgery was...I was 16 and didn't care. All I wanted was to be able to have a normal life so I didn't ask questions like "what procedure are you going to do?"

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This isn't an injury where you can't do stuff later in life. Most people, well most athletes have torn ankle ligaments. They generally don't heal on their own so people do physical therapy to strength the surrounding muscles to prevent future sprains. If you were idk an athlete, dance teacher, manual laborer then maybe?? But retail, no. Hasn't it only been 6 weeks? Please opt out of surgery and try PT, even for months. Also braces are not that debilitating, if I have athletes that play collegiate sports in them, you can wear them to work.

Frankly, you need to educate yourself. I can't believe that you don't know your own past medical history. 16 isn't that young, this is something you should know. Find out. Ask what the negatives from now both surgeries are. Maybe your first surgery was the same and clearly it didn't work. Get a second and third opinion. Surgery shouldn't be taken so lightly. This could have lifelong negative effects for you. I know people that can hardly walk bc they have no motion in their ankle from surgery/surgeries.


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I had two minor surgeries on my knee, refused to do the ACL surgery, I am scared something might get wrong and I may end up having even less ability to move.
Honestly, after two years with the brace, I can say, it is limiting so little I even play basketball with it. Of course I am not moving that fast or jumping or doing stuff I am not supposed to do, but it is even better if it is limiting me from doing these things.

It all depends on the situation, if you are very limited with the brace and PT doesn't work well enough, surgery might be the right choice, however, usually it isn't.

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I'm a dancer. It's not my career, but it is a passion...and without this surgery, I wouldn't ever be able to do pointe again. I've talked to my PT about this. And no, it hasn't been just 6 weeks, it's been well over 4 months. Just 6 weeks since I originally told them to do the MRI.

Retail isn't my career...GOD NO. I'm not sure what my career will be, but retail is what I do NOW.

Trust me, I tried the whole wear a brace, do PT thing for 3/4 of a year before my first surgery and it didn't do shit. My bones would still slide when I walked, just like they do now...and it feels extremely uncomfortable.

I'm not taking this lightly, I'm looking at it realistically. My first surgery worked. It allowed me to walk normally again, hell, it even allowed me to DANCE and to RUN again, two things which I cannot do now, brace or no brace and am very passionate about. Walking with a brace is hard enough and painful enough that running would be perfect hell, if I could even do it for more than half a minute. I may not be a specialist by any means, but I got halfway through nursing school, and I did a rotation on a surgical floor, and I've been a CNA and HHA, so I have personally seen the effects of surgeries on others, and it doesn't scare me. For ME, it's the right choice. For others, maybe or maybe not. For even others, probably not or definitely not. But to live MY life, I need it.

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I was an athlete, I totally understand what you mean. Not being able to run and play basketball (running and jumping) was very hard at first, it is still hard, I still miss it.
Now I am more focusing on other new hobbies.

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Running is not only a hobby for me, it's a passion, it's something that I do when I need to get energy out or stress...it's literally therapy for me...and it's also my main form of exercise.

Dancing as well. The feeling of being en pointe is like nothing else. Having the entire weight of your body on maybe 4 toes may sound horrible, but it's actually great! I might be able to give up dancing, but NEVER running!

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Quote: from PollyPocket at 10:47 am on Dec. 10, 2016

Running is not only a hobby for me, it's a passion, it's something that I do when I need to get energy out or stress...it's literally therapy for me...and it's also my main form of exercise.

 Dancing as well. The feeling of being en pointe is like nothing else. Having the entire weight of your body on maybe 4 toes may sound horrible, but it's actually great! I might be able to give up dancing, but NEVER running!


I completly understand you, it was the same for me with b-ball and running during highschool and during the army.
Now I feel simmilar with Yoga, of course not that strong.

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Quote: from KathyN at 10:24 am on Dec. 10, 2016

Quote: from PollyPocket at 10:47 am on Dec. 10, 2016

Running is not only a hobby for me, it's a passion, it's something that I do when I need to get energy out or stress...it's literally therapy for me...and it's also my main form of exercise.  

  Dancing as well. The feeling of being en pointe is like nothing else. Having the entire weight of your body on maybe 4 toes may sound horrible, but it's actually great! I might be able to give up dancing, but NEVER running!


I completly understand you, it was the same for me with b-ball and running during highschool and during the army.  
Now I feel simmilar with Yoga, of course not that strong.

So you understand why I need the surgery.

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I understand, but would try to find other methods. :)

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I've tried other methods. PT and braces aren't cutting it. I wish that they were...but I've now tried about 4 different braces and none of them are up to par for going on with my life, unless I just want to walk, not run, and certainly not dance!

It's not like I want surgery, it's that I want my life back. My last surgery did that, so I am very hopeful that this will too.

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