Maisonneuve fracture (ankle) surgery recovery?

hungover

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I got dislocated ankle (Maisonneuve fracture) from played soccer and need to do surgery (tomorrow).
I am already missed playing tennis in the past 1.5 weeks and my doctor said I can start playing again in about 6 months. He is positive that I can come back and play normally but it will depend on person to person also.
I am so nervous and would like to listen to your story from this surgery as far as recovery time, recommendation, how you play now compare to the past... :( Thank you~
 
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SafinSucks

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Hello. Not me but a friend a while ago... it took time to heal. They say recovery period depends on the severity of the injury and how disciplined the patient is during rehab.
It took something like 2 months for my friend to get back to gradual weightbearing on his foot and then gradually progressed to full weightbearing on the foot by 3 months and a half, give or take a week.
Sorry for you. Be strong!
Good luck.
 
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SafinSucks

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I got dislocated ankle (Maisonneuve fracture) from played soccer and need to do surgery (tomorrow).
I am already missed playing tennis in the past 1.5 weeks and my doctor said I can start playing again in about 6 months. He is positive that I can come back and play normally but it will depend on person to person also.
I am so nervous and would like to listen to your story from this surgery as far as recovery time, recommendation, how you play now compare to the past... :( Thank you~
So, how is it going?
 

hungover

New User
So, how is it going?
Hello, thank you for checking and the information :)
The surgery went well and I only need 1 tightrope to keep the tibia and fibula together. I thought it would be painful after the surgery but actually I felt a bit less pain (no pain killer needed at the time).
I am on the 3rd week post surgery now and my doc scheduled me for therapy next week. I think it is kind of earlier than expected because I thought the ligament need about 6 weeks after surgery to heal. My fibula fracture pain is gone this week (5 weeks after incident) so will see what happen :)
My calf already shrinking like a chicken legs (close to half compare to the other). I do not know how long (or ever will) it takes me to build it back :(
 
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SafinSucks

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Hi. Sounds good. My friend needed time of course to build the muscles back, but this is expected, only thing you can do is accept it, prepare yourself mentally for the work out to do once you totally recovered from the injury and surgery.
There will be better days :)
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
Sucks to read this, hope it works out. Don't be afraid of physical therapy early, they are more concerned with range of motion and return of flexibility. Don't worry about strength now. That will come later.
 

hungover

New User
Just update incase some1 searching for the same problem. Please note that, this is mine progress and it could be very different for you.

- I got Maisonneuve fracture 8/31/2017 (I'm 42)
- Surgery 9/13/2017 and able to held everything together with 1 tightrope - fyi knee scooter is live saver. Week# follow will count at this time.
- Week #4 first therapy with alphabet movement and other stuff you can find online + standing. Week #5, they forced and gave me confident to walk, etc.
- Week #6 walk/limped without any support to check-up. Doctor told me I should be fine w/o therapy and it does fine for me
- Week #12 checkup allowed me to gradual back to sport and I started play tennis again ~2 times/week. I cannot jump so overhead was trash but I can run and (standing) serve so so
- Week #16 start playing competitive double ladder match with lots of running (serve and overhead are getting better with a little jump). I can play single but don't want to put too much pressure on the ankle yet so maybe another month :)

Overall, the recovering time is much faster than expected...
 
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dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Good luck. In 2009, I was coaching girls’ basketball when our star player had a nasty fall and broke her ankle. Her foot was pointing 90* in the wrong direction. She was determined to come back and be on the court for her college team. Her injury was on 2/1/09 and she was starting for a top 10 D1 college on 11/1/09. A few years later she needed hip surgery to correct a new problem. I still believe it was caused by her rushing the recovery of the ankle. Take your time and be smart about strengthening your core and core movements. You can recover, get back to sports, and maybe be better than ever.

Just today it was announced Asia Taylor, the young lady who broke her ankle, was announced an All Star for the second year in a row in the WNBL in Australia.
 

hungover

New User
Hi Dak, Thank you and you are right...
I do feel my knee take on some for the weak ankle (the hip may come later if over work it). I usually take 2-4 days in between to rest.
 
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