It varies. I didn't stay in the hospital at all after surgery. I didn't have the traditional OATS though. I recieved a transplant instead of having the plug removed from my knee. With you being a dancer this option may be better for you. Every this is performed the same as OATS execpt you don't have to damage your knee to fix your ankle. Some can even be performed arthoscopicly so you don't have to have an open surgery like mine.
Thanks for the info!!!! I already know that with both the OATS and the stem cell he will have to cut my bone to get to the defect. I also know that he does not want to take anything from my knee...thank goodness!! I just wasnt sure if with that kind of surgery when they have to put screws in, if a hospital stay was necessary.
It depends on your doctor. I had the bone cut, the carlidge drilled and cleaned, transplant inserted, and two screws placed. I left the hospital about two hours after I woke up from sedation. Well, my eyes were open and I must have been talking but I don't remember anything until I woke up in my bed at home wanting a pain pill.