Hi Ankle and welcome to Healing Well. I am glad you found us and I hope you will hang out with us. You are having pain with that ankle so yes, you fit right in here, lol. Sorry, not laughing at your pain, just wanted to encourage you to hang out with us.
Wow, that is some problem you have going on with that ankle to say the least. You are very fortunate be able to do the things and activities you spoke of without problems.
From the drs standpoint, yes, I understand where he is coming from. Once you injure a part of the body are predisposed to further injury. The area does become somewhat weak. Now, I know you are thinking but how can I do all of these activities if it is weak It's just the mechanics of the body. Now, whether you have surgery now or later is strictly your call. You know your body better than anyone.
I would seek out an independant third opinion. By that I mean going away from having your surgeon pick the third opinion. I am talking getting a true unabiased opinion. Do you really think another dr in the same group is going to step on someone else's toes? Not hardly, that could really create a lot of problems. If this guy popped up and said oh no you don't that done can you imagine the possible repercussions, lol. Seriously, as far as I am concerned I would not view that visit as my 2nd opinion because his specialty is knees, not ankles and he is in the same group. They are eons apart. Just my two cents worth. I would not be paying out of pocket either for another opinion. That is what insurance is for to insure you get the proper care you need.
You also need to know about recuperation time, any limitations that you may in the future with your ankle. More than likely at some point arthritis will set in since there has been an injury to this foot. Take care and let us hear from you.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.