Re: OATS and Brostrum Procedure
I had a Brostrom plus a another reconstruction to back the Brostrom up, plus other work on torn tendons plus the OATS, as well as drilling on another OCD lesion and cleaning up the joint in general. This was my second surgery on this ankle and second Brostrom as well as 2nd drilling on the one OCD, and first OATS, of course.
I'm 6 mos out now. The Brostrom/ perosteal flap reconstruction is perfect. I feel a nice tight ankle there for the first time ever. My Brostrom the first time was a breeze to recover from. It was/is the OCD part of the equation that is the hardest part. I encourage you to hang out on our OCD/OATS thread because this will be the biggest part of your surgery and the most painful part to recover from.
My dr. was wild crazy with getting me back to stuff and gave me the okay to run at 3 mos, although I didn't try it until 4 mos out. At 6 mos I'm still very sore. I can run and actually running, because it is in a straight line, on pavement, and not stopping/starting, is easier than pushing a heavy shopping cart around Wal-Mart. The stopping, starting, and cutting from side to side is the worst.
My dr. tells me we have to wait a year before we know if this has worked. I teach karate as well as take. I used to compete up until a year ago when my ankle really started to go downhill. I do plan on getting back into it. So I hope/plan to have a full or near to it recovery. It just takes a year. My dr. has been telling me that every visit.
Brostrom x2, peroneal tendon repair x2, Peroneal subluxation, PTT tendon repair, microfracture x5, OATS, Distraction arthroplasty, ORIF talus & fibula, subtalar fusion, ankle replacement (failed)