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I have recently had an x-Ray and MRI on my ankle. The results show an old fracture in my ankle (which I didn't know I had as I assumed it was torn ligaments and has now healed), bony spur at front of ankle, mild-moderate arthritis, cartilage damage, ligaments full of fluid and over-stetched, cluster of cysts in back of ankle and a cyst in the ankle bone. Consultant has suggested surgery (brostrum-gould) would fix the ligament but may make the arthritis pain worse. I am a 42 yr old dance teacher and not quite ready to retire from my dance career just yet. He says that if I continue as I am (a fairly hectic teaching schedule and chidlrens parties jumping around on my ankle, which is very painful & I have to wear an ankle brace all of the time) the arthritis will continue to get worse. What should I do!!!!!! My friend is having pioneering stem cell surgery on her knee to re-grow her cartilage, is this something that can be done for the ankle? Has anyone had brostum-gould surgery and re-gained full sporting activity? My consultant says only 50-60% chance? I am fed up of wearing a brace and being in Pain!!! Any comments and suggestions would be welcomed x xx
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