Looking Back . . . Ankle Surgery-My Story
“She does have it and in both feet. She can either cope with the pain, quit dancing, or have the bones removed surgically.” Hi, my name is Myah, and that was the day I was diagnosed with Os Trigonum Syndrome in both of my ankles. “Os Trigonum Syndrome” is the presence of an extra bone deep inside the ankle that causes pain when the foot is in the pointed position. I was afraid. The word “surgically” made me shiver. But I knew which choice I was going to make. Dancing is my passion. I could never give it up, no matter the circumstances. We walked out of the office and scheduled the bilateral operation for May 13. I had 2 months to prepare.
Dancing is not just a little hobby. It is a form of art that few people have. When you have a gift as great as dance, take it seriously. It can open many doors to a successful career as a professional or a teacher. The decision I made to get my surgery was a part of my total commitment to dance. I knew I really wanted to do it. I had my surgery so I could progress in dance, without the abnormal pain.
At about 3:30 A.M. on May 13 I got out of bed to get ready to leave. We had to be on the road at 4:00 so we would arrive at around 6:00 (it was a little over a two hour drive to get there, since the hospital was in Ellwood City). The surgery was scheduled for 7:00 A.M. When we got to the hospital, I got into a gown and the nurse hooked me up to an IV. I tried not to panic, but after about 20 minutes I broke down. I thought about my decision over and over again. My parents kept telling me that it would be ok, and that I would not have pain anymore when I danced. That was the only thing that kept me from fleeing the hospital.
It was one of the best decisions I have made. After the surgery, I had to visit a physical therapist twice a week to get my ankles moving again and to help break up scar tissue. After a couple months of that, I was back to dancing! And… It was pain free! I was so happy. The day that really meant a lot to me though was when I got my pointe shoes on… and it didn’t hurt! I had been having extreme pain in my ankles on pointe for 2 and a half years. That day, I almost cried I was so happy. I can now continue to get better in dance, without anything holding me back. I love to dance.
13 year-old Student