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In March of 2016 I injured my ankle causing two of my anterior ligaments to be shredded/snapped in half. In June of 2016 I had an ankle ligament brostrom repair that was successful. I was three weeks non weight bearing and then eight weeks physical therapy. The pain and recovery was not terrible. But my concern is, started about a month or two ago I have been having moderate pain in my ankle when I turn it certain ways and also going up and down stairs. The pain is especially more severe when I flex my foot and turn the bottom of my foot outwards. I also get pain in the area of the back of my ankle area around my achilles and right above my heal when I make a pointed motion with my foot. The ankle also feels slightly unstable and almost like it was before surgery. When turning it certain ways I'm scared of it giving out when standing. There is also no bruising. I can't see that there is swelling but the ankle has been bigger since surgery I just assume because of scar tissue. I do tend to very hyper mobile. Has anyone experienced this before? What was the outcome? I really do not want surgery again. Thanks in advanced
[QUOTE=alexisajvp;5451911]In March of 2016 I injured my ankle causing two of my anterior ligaments to be shredded/snapped in half. In June of 2016 I had an ankle ligament brostrom repair that was successful. I was three weeks non weight bearing and then eight weeks physical therapy. The pain and recovery was not terrible. But my concern is, started about a month or two ago I have been having moderate pain in my ankle when I turn it certain ways and also going up and down stairs. The pain is especially more severe when I flex my foot and turn the bottom of my foot outwards. I also get pain in the area of the back of my ankle area around my achilles and right above my heal when I make a pointed motion with my foot. The ankle also feels slightly unstable and almost like it was before surgery. When turning it certain ways I'm scared of it giving out when standing. There is also no bruising. I can't see that there is swelling but the ankle has been bigger since surgery I just assume because of scar tissue. I do tend to very hyper mobile. Has anyone experienced this before? What was the outcome? I really do not want surgery again. Thanks in advanced[/QUOTE]

Yes it is possible that the Bromstrom failed. The repaired ligaments are not as strong as liagments before injury. The ligament can stretch out over time or you could have done something to retear ligaments. I had bilateral bromstrom failures. I never had bruising or alot of swelling, just pain and instability. My left ankle bromstrom failed due to a traumatic injury and the right ankle just failed. MRIs showed that the ligaments retore. I ended up having Chrisman-snook lateral ligament reconstruction on both ankles. My ankles are both stable and I no longer fall when I have a slight mistep.

You should see your surgeon so he can examine ankle and get an MRI to see what is going on with ligaments. Hopefully you do not need another surgery.
Although it is unlikely, brostrom procedures can fail. Don't let the minor pain concern you too much as the ankle may never feel 100% and until at least a year post op you may have some pain. The instability would be the main thing to be concerned about. Since a brostrom she job is to stabilize and tighten the ligaments it is not good if it becomes loose again. I would definitely go in to tour surgeon ASAP to see if there is something to be done to restabilize without surgery before your ankle becomes super lax and the only option is surgery.

I had a brostrom done in 2014 then started experiencing pain and repetitive sprains almost daily again and ended up needing a complete ligament reconstruction with cadaver tendon in 2016. That has been starting to come loose again and my peroneal tendon has started subluxing and I am in need of a third surgery soon. So definitely do not wait around wondering if it has failed. Go back into your surgeon and explain your concerns. A good thing to do in the meantime is to continue you PT exercises. Sometimes weakness and unstable feeling could just be that your muscles are not fully re developed yet.





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