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Old 09-18-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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I am in the process of setting up a "Modified Brostrom" procedure. I have read quite a few threads regarding this procedure and there seems to be a large range of outcomes. I have had a lot of problems with my right ankle over the past 10 or so years...I am now 25. It started with basic ankle sprains and has turned into constant pain and a touch of arthritis! (I have probably sprained it 20-25 times) I have a hard time running and my ankle is sore after work...and I am an engineer who does mostly desk work! It always feels like it is stiff, if I do too much it is sore to the touch and I literally have no lateral movement in it. I still participate in triathlons (occasionally) but am only able to hold up for a 5k run...and even then I pay for a few days. I am hoping that after the procedure I will be able to run again and eventually participate in a Half Ironman. Is this out of the question? Is the surgery worth it? How long were you guys out before you could start running again? And how can I get in contact with BigDog Two?! (I see that you have done marathons and tris....I wonder how competitive one can be after this procedure)

I am extremely excited to have a somewhat normal ankle but am nervous at the same time. I miss running and hope I can enjoy it some day soon...

I appreciate any input you guys can give me and hope your ankles are happy!

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Old 09-18-2009, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: Modified Brostrom

Hey there...
I've had 2 Brostroms and the second one had a back up new ligament added to it procedure.
The first one went well, but I have multi-joint instability and my ligaments just stretched back out. After the first one I was allowed to run at 5 mos post-op. I got back to running and karate and competeted in world championships in karate so I did okay.
But it gradually stretched back out and I had other, more painful issues with a big OCD and torn tendons. So I had another brostrom with a funky repair using tissue from a sheath around my fibula to make new ligaments. THis time around I was given the okay to run at 3 or 4 mos, (way too early for the OATS procedure I had on the OCD). I got back to running again, but had a frozen ankle and went back in for surgery #3. I'm only 7 weeks post-op so no running yet. I think I'll wait till the 5 mos post-op period again to run. I fully expect to run and get back to karate.
Each time I had many other procedures down than just the brostrom. THe brostrom wasn't so bad in terms of post-op pain. The biggest pain in the butt is the NWB period and then when you first start walking again. Month 3 is the worst.
You should be able to run again and you will find that once the instabilty is gone you wished you had done it years ago.
Brostromx2 peroneal tendon repairx2 Peroneal subluxation PTT tendon repair microfracturex5 OATS Distraction arthroplasty ORIF talus & fibula subtalar fusion ankle replacement (failed) TT fusion

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