Just a quick update and some opinions on the surgery: I'm up to walking about a mile 3 times a week. Yesterday, I had no limp at all. As promised, I'm 100% pain free. Still sore, but not the daily pain I was experiencing. I usually wear a brace, either a lace-up one they gave me or a neoprene one I bought. I can wear wear any shoes I want now, though I prefer the MBT shoes; I've bought two pair. Just started physical therapy and it's coming along OK. Just trying to get mobility and flexibility back. Have ridden all 3 of my bikes now and I only have the slightest issue with rear braking. I plan on doing a 5-day AZ ride in April then some Baja stuff this summer, so I hope I'm close to 100% by then. My recommendations to anyone considering this surgery: Do it. Put time aside to recuperate properly, ensuring you won't have to put any weight at all on it for 90 days (or whatever your doctor says. And speaking of doctors, I followed his instructions to the T...and I do think that's why my ankle is doing so well.