it looks like i'm probably headed for it. i have a 9-year history of ankle sprains, dislocations, and one break (that i didn't know about until i went to the ER a few days ago and they said they saw a healed fracture). i dislocated my ankle for the first time in two years by stepping in a hole 2 weeks ago, and my ankle completely gave out on me at work the other day, for no reason. i went to the orthopaedist this morning, and they said that i'd need to get an MRI next week, but based on my history, how my ankle looked, and how it felt when they moved it, they guessed that i had torn every ligament in my ankle at some point in the past 9 years and that my ankle would continue to be completely unstable if i didn't do something. they said that pending an MRI, i looked like i'd be a good candidate for ankle reconstruction. apparently, the surgery is much more rare than a knee reconstruction. webmd doesn't have an article about it, and the article they had about sprains said that it's rarely required. i've tried everything, and at this point, i think it's the only thing that will ever stop me from continuing to reinjure my ankle, and it's the suggestion that the orthopaedist went straight for. so has anyone been through it? what was recovery like? how long before you could walk normally? it's on my driving foot, so naturally i'm concerned about being immobile. any advice you guys could give me would be much appreciated, i'm having trouble finding information and i'd like to be as prepared as possible. thanks!