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Old 06-28-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Modified Brostrom Surgery

I was recently told I will have to undergo Modified Brostrom procedure. This will be the first time I've had surgery on my anke (and anywhere else for that matter). After reading multiple posts there were many different recovery stories. The doctor told me my ankle would be NWB for one week and in a cast for 6 weeks. While many others said they were in a cast for 6 weeks, they were NWB for more than a week, and in a boot afterward. Although my surgery will not be done for another month I'm very curious about what the most common recovery process is?

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Old 06-29-2013, 12:54 AM   #2
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Re: Modified Brostrom Surgery

Hi there!
You are right that there are multiple and different recoveries - and there really isn't a 'common' one.
Like you, it was my first surgery ever!
I was in a post-surgery splint (plaster almost all of the way around but open at the top with lots of padding wrapped in ace bandage - allows for post op swelling) for 10 days. Then wounds checked (because I not only had the modified brostrom on the outside of my ankle, but arthroscopy and PTT release on inside of ankle - cut both sides). Wounds re-dressed (because I had dissolving stitches), and into a fibreglass cast for 2 weeks (much lighter).
Then out of this, wounds checked again.......shown how to care for them myself until remaining stitches finally dissolved. And into ASO brace with runner and WBAT straight away on 2 crutches. Went to one crutch 2 days later and totally off crutches and FWB a week later (so, 3.5 weeks post op). Then started physio 1.5 weeks later.
Now, FWB at that stage was slow and painful, but just went at my own pace
Best of luck!!
6 Oct '12: OCD talar, lat menis lesion, decomp ant ankle, osteotomy post proc talus, synovec post ankle, modified Brostrom-Gould, release PTT

Old 06-29-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Re: Modified Brostrom Surgery

I had the modified Brostrom surgery on my right ankle in May. I was in a surgical cast for 2 weeks and a smaller cast for 4 weeks - all 6 of those weeks were nwb. At 6 weeks I was placed in a walking boot and was told I could go from pwb to fwb in the next 1 to 2 weeks. I will be 8 weeks out on Wednesday and have been fwb for a little over a week.

I still have not been released to drive, but my PT told me to go to a deserted parking lot and to slam on my brakes. If I can do this with out wetting myself, she will release me to drive!

The first 6 weeks were the hardest for me because of my limited mobility. I am so happy to be walking. I will be in the boot until week 10, but I am able to sleep in an ankle brace and hopefully next week she will allow me to wear the brace and tennis shoes while at home.

Everyone's recovery story seems to be a bit different. They are based on what protocol your surgeon follows and your own personal recovery. For me, nwb was emotionally rough. I had very little physical pain, but the isolation and being "stuck" was very depressing. However, I am grateful that I followed my surgeons instructions to the "t". However long and boring it was, I am now recovering very well.

Good luck to you! We are here to answer questions and cheer you on as you go through your journey!
5/8/13 - Modified Brostrom Procedure - right ankle

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