I have sprained my ankles more times than I can count. In fact, I have done that so many times that I, as my doctor put it, "permanently severed" the peroneal tendons and anterior tabolfibular ligaments in both
my ankles. When I would sprain an ankle in the past, I had been told to favor the "good" ankle by using crutches. I would often end up with two sprained ankles as a result. Vicious cycle spanning almost four years.
I have been told by more than one doctor (got a second opinion) that I need reconstructive surgery on both ankles. I cannot remember the type that was recommended, but they both said it would be the type where new tendons are transplanted. It was also recommended that I have both ankles worked on at once to shorten the overall recovery time.
I have done everything but go through surgery to make my ankles begin to feel better. I have done physical therapy and been diligent about doing additional exercises at home. I have a stockpile of ice packs, bandages, and braces in my apartment that I use regularly as well. I am still dealing with a lot of pain.
I am willing to have surgery if that is necessary to fix the problem.
The problem with all this is that I am a very busy 21-year-old university student going into my last year of undergrad. My question regards the length of recovery time I should reasonably expect from that type of ankle surgery. I understand that I would have to take some time off from school, but how much
is my question. I have two choices in my view: waiting and dealing with the pain for another year or having the surgery while in the middle of a regular college semester. How soon could I reasonably attend classes again (even if it required using a wheelchair)?