completely ruptured peroneal brevis - should I get surgery?
I'm new here, and just saw the sticky that you're supposed to start your own thread, instead of commenting on others. Sorry!!
I completely ruptured my peroneal brevis tendon in October (4 months ago). In the mean time, I've healed quite nicely, and I'm up to walking, biking, dancing, and just re-introduced running. I'm not hiking or doing field sports yet.
My ortho. surgeon says that this is a major ankle failure, and definitely is a legitimate reason for surgery. He suggests fusing the peroneal tendons together, doing a Brostrom procedure to stabilize the ankle, and possibly using the gracilis tendon for a complete ankle reconstruction, if necessary.
It feels strange to have this major surgery, with the major recovery time needed, when I'm essentially functional, and have generally low pain levels. I'm agonizing over the decision -- will it be good for me in the long run, so I should pay the price now? (especially since I have good insurance and a flexible job now!) Should I avoid the surgery and continue with exercises and strengthening, so I don't have the risks of surgery going wrong?
I don't know which is the "stupider" path.
Any advice? Common experiences? Would love to hear from you!!