Re: OCD microfracture surgery questions
sorry for you to be in this position. I have no medical training and I cannot post any percentage of failure. I had OCDs in both ankles. Both were large like yours. Both I did microfracture with drilling to promote new growth. Both failed and got larger, one got very messed up. The whole thing turned into over a five year period of surgeries and recoops. I have now had 2 successful OATS one allograft and one autograft. I will say the allograft was much easier to recoop from and works more smoothly. I believe my first surgery was Feb 06 and today I start a new job (have not had a good one in 5 years due to inability to walk) And I go to gym daily I do eliptical and tredmill and feel very strong again. I do not run and have not tried to run because after the failures I don not want to go backwards with these legs. I try to stick with non impact.
If I could go back I would go straight to the oats. I think it would save me a few years. I would advise you not to rush into any surgery, do a bit of research first. One thing you can do to get an idea of what your damage is, is draw it out. 14x10 is quite a large hole. Have that doc draw the size of your talus on paper and then draw the OCD over it in the area where it is. I think you will be very surprised at how big that hole really is. Once he does that find out if he really thinks he can fix it. and if he would do the same to himself or his child. I found out that my doc wrote "this patient is a good candidate for OATS" on the very first visit. I never even heard about failure or was given any indication of this when I went for the first microfacture, just everything will be fine. I just was so happy at the possibility of being fixed I did not do research before.
All the best for you for a quicker recovery. It is alot to consider, take your time.