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I fell and broke my left ankle on August 9th. To be exact I have a minimally displaced oblique fracture of the distal end of the fibula. I saw an order on August 9th. The displacement of the bone fracture was very minimal and he put me in a hard cast for 2 weeks. I went back to the ortho yesterday August 24th the bone had moved a little bit more so now it's about two millimeters displaced. He told me I'm in a grey area I could either have surgery and have a plate and screws put in or I could continue to let the bone heal and it will be ever so slightly crooked. I'm not an athlete and I'm middle-aged so he thought if I had a little bit crooked but it wouldn't give me much problem going forward in life. Maybe some arthritis later in life. He moved me to a boot, but I'm still non-weight bearing for 3 more weeks. At that time he wants to do another x-ray to make sure that the bone hasn't moved anymore. If it has that I could be facing surgery. So my Despair and dilemma is should I just go ahead and have the surgery or should I let the bone continue to try to heal and let it be slightly crooked. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have an appointment tomorrow with a second orthopedic surgeon as I want to get a second opinion to make the best possible decision for myself. I just want to walk again and I feel so much to despair right now that I will never walk again. I know it's irrational, but I don't quite see an end in sight.
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