ICYMI: The Best Info We’ve Got on Return to Sport After Lateral Ankle Ligament Surgery

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ICYMI: The Best Info We’ve Got on Return to Sport After Lateral Ankle Ligament Surgery

What’s the Claim?

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 25 studies (and nearly 1400 patients) evaluated return to sport after anatomic repair or reconstruction of lateral ankle ligaments.

  • Nearly all patients — 95% (95% CI 91% to 99%) — were able to return to sport at some level
    • 87% (71% to 98%) returned to competitive sport, and 83% (73% to 91%) returned to their preinjury level of sport
  • Older age and higher BMI work against a patient (between age 20 and age 45)
    • Each decade of advancing reduced the probability of returning to sport by 6%, and each 5-kg/m2 increase of BMI (from 22 to ~35) decreased the probability by 4%

How’s It Stack Up?