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Old 05-04-2011, 02:37 AM   #1
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Should i get for surgery for ruptured ankle ligaments

I had a grade 3 sprain around 5 weeks ago and my test results say ive completely ruptured the ATFL and CFL. My physio says ill need surgery but im a bit hesitant to do so because there is no pain when i walk, the bone on the inside of my ankle just pops out to the side a bit and my foot rolls inwards(doesnt hurt). I must admit though my ankle feels not as strong as it used to be, i cant run as fast or jump as high. I would also like to go back to sport one day but its not important to me right now.

My questions are:

If i do need surgery, and i dont go ahead with it, will that cause more problems for my ankle when im older? (im 16 at the moment)

Do you think i should go ahead with the surgery if you were in my posistion?

btw i am booked in to see a orthopod surgeon for their opinion..

 
Old 05-04-2011, 04:11 AM   #2
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Re: Should i get for surgery for ruptured ankle ligaments

I would. I had an unstable ankle for years which eventually led to OCD lesions and another grade 3 sprain. My ankle is toast now. I did have surgery after the last grade 3 sprain, but my first OS told me that all the years of repetitive twisting and spraining it had caused damage before the sprain. I wish I had it fixed earlier because all the clucking around of the bones from an unstable ankle can really damage them...forever.

 
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: Should i get for surgery for ruptured ankle ligaments

Sometimes sprains can heal themselves. I saw an orthopedic surgeon who also sees athletes at a major university, and he did not automatically want to jump into surgery even though the MRI showed two ligaments were completely torn. I did end up having the surgery, though, because I kept twisting my ankle again and it was interfering with my life.

I've actually had surgery to fix both of my ankles. My left ankle I sprained really bad when I was in the 7th grade. I finally got it fixed 9 or 10 years later. The surgery was extensive, because there was a lot of scar tissue, inflammation, and extra bone growth that needed to be removed.

My right ankle I sprained April 2009. I got it fixed December 2010, and there was a lot less bad stuff going on. The longer you wait to have it fixed, the more athritic changes, inflammation, and scar tissue will accumulate (and have to be removed).

I don't think that all torn ligaments need to be repaired. It depends on if it is a problem for you or not. If it is causing pain and limiting your activities, then get it repaired. If you do decide to get it repaired, do it sooner rather than later.

As much as you'll hate me for saying this, summer break would be a great time to get it done. Then you won't be struggling to get around on crutches in school, or getting behind on assignments because you are tired or in pain. Plus, it's so much easier to get around on crutches when there's no snow on the ground! I had one surgery in the spring in Arizona, and one surgery in the winter in Michigan. Things were so much easier in the spring!

 
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