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A 24-year-old male asked:

Ankle fracture and torn ligament. need surgery. is it true that i can never play basketball again?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: This will depend on the type of surgery and rehabilitation. Your physician will be able to answer that question.
Dr. David Duncan m.d.
Family Medicine 42 years experience
There are many people who have played ball again after torn ligaments. The surgery is important, BUT the rehab is equally important.
Apr 30, 2017
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
You should return: The majority of patients with an ankle fracture and torn ligaments have successful surgery and CAN return to sports such as basketball. Following your physician's directions with regards to weight-bearing, use of a cast/boot/brace and physical therapy will be very important. It may take you 6-12 months before you are ready to return to a sport such as basketball. www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes

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