Re: Questions on the Chrisman-snook surgery
Couldn't answer those. Swimming will come sooner because it doesn't require the pounding that tennis does. Some doctors will let you swim once you start PT. Some won't let you start until the ankle is stronger. Tennis is another story. You are going to have to be nearing the end of PT before you get to run and play tennis.
I'm really surprised that the doctor didn't give you an actual timeline, even a general timeline. Mine laid everything out. I knew from the very beginning that I would be two weeks splinted, 3 casted weight bearing as tolerated, and then in a boot going to PT until weeks 8-10. I return next week (wk 9) and expect to be freed from the boot. He said between 12-16 weeks to return to full activity. I knew going into the surgery that this was a 3-4 month trek. Even with the improvements in PT the last 2 weeks, being this is the 3rd ankle surgery I expect to end up closer to the 16 week range.
As an ex-gymnast I can totally relate to wanting to get back to sports. It is so hard to sit back and let your body heal. I've messed up before and returned too soon and paid the price. As hard as it is, listen to your doctor and follow directions. Also, make sure your therapist knows you are physically active and will work with you on getting back to your sports. Some just don't understand the drive of an athlete.