Patient Stories: Tilly Rasmussen

Tilly Rasmussen, a young professional dancer singer and actress, shares her experience of a Bostrom reconstructive surgery to her ankle which was carried out by Mr Rupe Deol at Spire Harpenden Hospital.


"I am a dancer and so having an ankle injury was really difficult for me. I’ve been dancing since I was eight or nine. I studied at Bodywork in Cambridge for three years, and have been very lucky as my parents have been very supportive while I have been pursuing my career in musical theatre.

"During the second year of my course I damaged three of the major ligaments in my ankle and because I was dancing 9am-6pm Monday to Friday there was never a chance to rest it up fully.

"My physiotherapist recommended that I book a consultation with Mr Deol (consultant orthopaedic surgeon) at Spire Harpenden Hospital.

"I arrived for my procedure at on 19 September 2013 and went down for surgery at 7pm. Mr Deol came in beforehand to say hello. He was very reassuring and chilled, which made me feel much more relaxed prior to surgery. I live in Harpenden, so coming to the hospital was really easy. After the initial consultation I decided to continue my treatment with Mr Deol as I really got on well with him.

"After my operation I stayed overnight, and my mum was given a mattress to stay with me. The nurses were fantastic and Mr Deol was amazing. I had a very nice breakfast and then went home that morning after a crutches lesson from a physiotherapist.

"I had a follow up with Mr Deol a couple of weeks later and he changed the huge cast from surgery to a smaller one. I had planned to go to Barcelona with friends for New Year’s Eve and Mr Deol changed my second cast to an air boot so that I was able to fly.

"Now I am dancing again. I was back to college quickly, within eight weeks of the operation. I changed my course from dance to musical theatre, so that I could focus on acting and singing while I wasn’t able to dance.

"In total my recovery took around six months, which I found very difficult as I could see my friends developing while I was unable to progress as quickly.

"I graduated last week and am now looking to start my career in musical theatre and hopefully I will one day be on stage in the West End.

"I wrote a blog throughout my treatment because when I was researching my operation I couldn’t find many patient stories from people who had already had the procedure. I hoped that by sharing my experiences, others might be able to learn more about the surgery."


Find out more about Tilly’s experience at Spire Harpenden on her blog.

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