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Brostrom proceedure
Aug 12, 2017
I'm scheduled to have a brostrom procedure next month at the Mayo Clinic. I'll be honest, I'm nervous about it. I have had problems with ankle instability for at least 15 years. Ever 12 to 24 months, my ankle will go e out on my while I'm doing ordinary activities. It results in a serious fall. (I've broken bones and had serious contusions.) A physician diagnosed me as a candidate for a Brostrom 10 years ago. But I've been putting it off. Who wants to be laid up for an extended period? I want to know what to expect from the proceedure. Here are my questions tions:
1. How long did it take before you were able to walk normally after the surgery?
2. How would you describe the post surgery pain level.
3. Did you undergo physical therapy?
4. Was your I initial cast over the knee or below the knee?
5. How easy was it to get around with the boot?
6. At what point did you experience no discomfort when walking.
7. If you had it to do over again, would you have the proceedure done?
Hi, I had a brostrom with my peroneal tendon repair, my ortho said its the same recovery process so I will try my best to answer your questions. If you are going to mayo clinic you should be in good hands! I had my procedure in October 2016.
1)walking normal is subjective, I would say about 5-6 months to completely stop limping from the pain/soreness.
2) I did have a lot of pain and required pain meds for the first 4 weeks. I was in a cast, non-weight bearing for 6 weeks, CAM walker boat another 6 weeks, then to a brace for a month or so after that. The pain is with walking again and putting pressure on that foot. But if you push through that there is a light a the end of the tunnel
3) I did 4-5 months of PT total, started it while i was in my cast to regain my upper body strength.
4) my cast was below the knee
5) The boot was okay, for me i'm petite and had a taller CAM boot so I felt it was heavy. I rolled around in one of those knee scooters at work and used crutches at home. The knee scooter was great. You can get on one amazon for a reasonable price.
6) I would say at the 5-6 month mark i was more mobile with no real post surgical discomfort, i still have some soreness but okay. I also have scarring on a nerve that i may need another surgery for but thats more of an unfortunate complication. Thats what my current pain is from.
7) I would do it over again for sure. I always rolled/sprained my ankle just even by walking or being clumsy, i notice it more stable and firmer. I don't regret doing it.
[QUOTE=Newsy1;5466220]I'm scheduled to have a brostrom procedure next month at the Mayo Clinic. I'll be honest, I'm nervous about it. I have had problems with ankle instability for at least 15 years. Ever 12 to 24 months, my ankle will go e out on my while I'm doing ordinary activities. It results in a serious fall. (I've broken bones and had serious contusions.) A physician diagnosed me as a candidate for a Brostrom 10 years ago. But I've been putting it off. Who wants to be laid up for an extended period? I want to know what to expect from the proceedure. Here are my questions tions:
1. How long did it take before you were able to walk normally after the surgery?
2. How would you describe the post surgery pain level.
3. Did you undergo physical therapy?
4. Was your I initial cast over the knee or below the knee?
5. How easy was it to get around with the boot?
6. At what point did you experience no discomfort when walking.
7. If you had it to do over again, would you have the proceedure done?[/QUOTE]

I had bilateral instability, but also had fractured left ankle so we decided to bromstrom when we went in on left. It was great, my left was nice and stable, until I got into car and Driver started to move car and it caused repair to fail, about 8 months later. Had a revision and ankle felt stable, but had pain due to subluxation of peroneal tendon and stress reactions. Revision failed about 5 months later and had chrisman snook done where they found that I had a significant tear in peroneal tendon that never showed up on mri and may have been cause of second failure. Right ankle failed bromstrom right away never felt stable, when cast came off. Surgeon said he never had this happen before, but had chrisman snook and now ankle stable.

1. Except for my right ankle bromstrom I was walking normally in 3 months.

2. Pain was bad 1 few days after surgery, after a week I had hardly any need for pain meds and by 2 weeks I did not need are all.

3. I had about 3 months pt after each surgery. I had tried pt after bromstrom but it did not help.

4. Surgical splint 2 weeks, 4 weeks Below knee cast, NWB for 6 weeks.

5. Boot was not hard to get around, I was PWB for 2 weeks then transitioned to FWB.

6. My left ankle I experienced discomfort due to subluxation after bromstrom, but no pain. After chrisman snook, I had no discomfort after 3 months. My right I have discomfort because of posterior tibial tendon issue, but nothing because of surgery.

7. Because the bromstrom was working so well on left ankle until trauma, I would have done it again. The right ankle no I would not have done it again after experience with left, would have gone straight to chrisman snook. It was discussed but decided against, my surgeon felt bad when he had to go in again, but it was mutual decision. But now I had 2 stable ankles and I never fall, I used to fall all the time. That's what years of sprains playing sports when young can do. The other day I stepped on cat toy and I was like in the past I would have fallen and now I don't. So although my case is unusual I am happy with end results. I can finally finish my masters in social work this year, needed medical leave last year because of right ankle issues, school was not helpful when it came to internship.





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