Re: Can I play sports again?
Agree with what JaneWhite said. Lots of variables including how well you heal, the skill of your surgeon, how well you follow post-op care instructions, how your PT goes, etc. Assuming surgery is successful, you will miss at least one season. The good news about OATS is it has a pretty high success rate and nearly all athletes who get it done are able to return to sports. I've read in studies of a success rate between 90-93%. However, success in these studies does not always mean pain free and not all the athletes return to the same level of sports as before.
It's possible you will have a wonderful recovery, miss just one season and be just as good as before. It's also possible you will miss two seasons, or that you will not be able to play as many minutes per game. You might not be able to run as often or as far as before. You can research NBA pros who got OATS or microfracture for OCD (knee or ankle) and will read how they did. Some did great, some did okay, some retired early.
Edit: A few other things to consider. Not all insurance plans cover OATS/allograft of the talus. If your insurance does not, you can try appealing to them for coverage. There are some other threads here about that. And if you do get surgery, ideally you want a doctor who has done that surgery dozens or hundreds of times, though in my experience it was hard to find a doctor who has done the OATS/allograft more than 12 times. You don't want to be your doctor's 5th microfracture or 5th OATS patient.
Last edited by LivesNearStore; 08-06-2011 at 04:21 PM.
Reason: added notes on insurance and doctor's experience.