I have been identified with a 13 x 8 mm osteochondral lesion of the talus. I live in Colorado Springs and am wondering if anyone out there has found a good surgeon in Colorado? I'm not sure if I'm going to need OATS or microfracture - my podiatrist seems to think microfractrue. I need to get a second or third opinion and I'd like it to be from the person that will do the cutting.
I'm a 53 year old, male ultrarunner and would sure like to run again someday.
Please share any experiences that you may have had with this procedure in Colorado, along with the doctors you recommend (and who to avoid!)
Last edited by lachiewicz; 05-14-2010 at 10:21 AM.
I had OATS surgery on a large OCD 2 years ago. It feels great although my real running days are over. I would say that your OCD is probably too large for successful drilling. Mine was 18mm and they never even attempted drilling. I would definitley get a 2nd opinion from an orthopedic ankle specialist. I'm sure you can find a good one in the Denver area. I had my surgery in Boise, ID with an OS who specializes in foot and ankle problems. You want a surgeon whose done many of these procedures. I can't give you great news about the running. Everyone recovers differently, but when you've got an injury like this you end up being happy you can walk, jog, hike pain-free. Marathons might be too much to expect ....
Thanks for the reply. I definitely know what you mean about being grateful just to walk. I was grateful to walk after the 5 weeks of NLB on crutches. I try to remind myself of that everyday, just to be grateful.
It's a tough time of year with all my friends signing up and running the events I love. But I take consolation in having been blessed to do what I did. Nonetheless, I would like to at least have a shot at a 'farewell tour' of my favorite events. Events like Leadville and Bighorn. On the other hand, a 3-4 mile run twice a week sounds like heaven!
I am very thankful to have found this site. I found it through another ultrarunner - the only one I know of that has successfully returned to ultrarunning after an OCD injury and microfracture.