Re: Brostrom Procedure on a 15 yr old
Hi, I am now 27 and had the brostrum when I was 17 (2000), after many years of competitive gymnastics. I will say that after 3 months I WAS able to return to gymnastics but not without further damage. I also did not ever return to the level of skill I was before the injury. Ten years later and 6 surgical procedures later, I am still fighting with this ankle. I had complications from all the inversion sprains that resulted in a complex tarsal tunnel syndrome that I had surgery on in 2004. At the same time I had to have some of the hardware removed from the original brostum's. Although the ankle complex was certainly more stable after the original brostrum, I never felt as though it regained the strenth (after months and months of physical therapy). Unfortunately I twisted the ankle this past January tearing the entire original repair. This time in order to fix it the had to do a completely different reconstruction, using a cadaver hamstring. I had this procedure in April and here it is August and I'm still in a boot.
My recommendation to you is two fold:
First, have you ever had your son evaluated by a second surgeon? I had a second opinion before my first surgery and it was most certainly valuable.
Second, don't believe everything the doctor tells you. After my first surgery I began to coach competitive athletes and have seen so many doctors tell my young gymnasts that they will never do gymnastics again- 9 times out of ten they have been wrong. The athlete's drive, desire, and passion for the sport is stronger than ever. Before your son has his second surgery consider putting things on hold to rehab the first. Make sure it was a successful surgery. Second, the idea of no rehab for 2 months post op is digusting. That ankle will form more scar tissue and lead to perminant loss of his range of motion. It could also lead to impingement problems and other issues. Even after my second reconstruction in April they had me doing range of motion exercises within ten days of surgery, with 20 staples still in it!
I hope this offers some insight. If there is anything I missed I would be happy to try and answer your questions. Ultimately you are the parent and have to decide what you think is best. No matter what you choose, trust yourself and your decisions; as long as you feel informed.
Best of luck,