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Surgery - Modified Brostrum
CREATED: 12/14/11 by SeanG REPLIES: 5
SeanG's ravatar SeanG    JOINED: 4/8/09    POSTS: 160
Surgery - Modified Brostrum
POSTED: 12/14/11 2:02 PM

So I learned yesterday that I should consider getting a surgical procedure called a modified brostrum to repair a bum ankle. I'm curious if anyone in the DC Tri community has had this procedure, or any ankle surgery, and if so, if they recommend a particular doctor?

I'm getting a second opinion in January, but would like to get as much information as possible before committing. As of now I'm going to schedule the operation for next off season and utilize some rehab and using an ankle brace to tide me over for this upcoming season.

If anyone has advice on this procedure or doctors, would love to hear some feedback. Thanks,
Sean

morunner66's ravatar morunner66    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 714
RE: Surgery - Modified Brostrum
POSTED: 12/14/11 2:53 PM

Wow - that sounded slightly obscene which is of course why I had to read it.

I had knee surgery last winter. Highly recommend my ortho: Dr. Benjamin Shaffer with Washington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine:

2021 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Suite 516
Phone: 202.833.1147

trisha's ravatar trisha    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 133
RE: Surgery - Modified Brostrum
POSTED: 12/14/11 8:34 PM

x2 for WOSM. Marc Connell is my ortho (he's great), but he also consulted with their ankle guy for my ankle surgery. I was pretty impressed with the whole shop. Check their web page for specialties.

vatriathlete    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 682
RE: Surgery - Modified Brostrum
POSTED: 12/15/11 10:44 AM

i went to these guys at wosm and think thyey are very competent. I would go back in a heartbeat.

however, they do not participate in any medical insurance plans, so i won't be going back for anything major.

maybe they grandfathered people in but i noticed they are not considered in network for most plans.

something to consider if budget is part of your criteria for choosing a dr.

good luck.

kristoferkitto's ravatar kristoferkitto    JOINED: 1/24/10    POSTS: 59
RE: Surgery - Modified Brostrum
POSTED: 12/15/11 11:45 AM

x4 for WOSM. Dr. Jonas Rudzki performed my reconstructive knee surgery (torn ACL and meniscus) in 2007, and I was very happy with the treatment, result, etc. (I also saw Dr. Rudzki at the Nation's Tri this year!)

The office took BlueCross BlueShield when I was getting surgery, but that was four years ago, so it sounds like things have changed since then.

Kris

morunner66's ravatar morunner66    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 714
RE: Surgery - Modified Brostrum
POSTED: 12/15/11 12:41 PM

No credible doctors (at least specialists and even my internist) take plan insurance anymore. For my surgery, they billed Aetna and then I paid the balance once the bills came in. Just check with your insurance before the surgery (if needed) to see what they'll cover etc. The bills weren't that bad and I had piece of mind in a great surgeon.

At least the consult won't send you back that much so it is worth getting the consult.

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