Information on Ankle Fracture Surgery

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If you are preparing forĀ ankle fracture surgery, you may be wondering what to expect once the procedure is performed. Here is some information that will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have.

Background Information on Ankle Fractures

The front, rear, and inside portions of your ankle joint are called the tibia, in which the fibula forms the outer portion of the ankle joint. At the ends of these bones are structures called the malleoli. You have two malleoli on your tibia and one on your fibula. When the malleoli are broken, that is when ankle fracture surgery will be needed. This can happen due to a car wreck, a fall, or simply twisting the ankle severely. You may have fractured one or all of the malleoli.

The typical symptoms of this problem are severe pain as well as bruising, swelling and a lack of motion. Your Southlake orthopedic surgeon will take detailed x-rays that will specify exactly what type of treatment you will need. If you have suffered a fracture and your ankle is either in a bad position or unstable as a result, then ankle fracture surgery may be needed. However, if your ankle is stable and in a good position, there is a chance that surgery may not be required.

What to Expect After Ankle Fracture Surgery

Ankle fracture surgery typically involves the repositioning of the affected bones, which are then held in place by implants. Once the fracture has been repaired, the leg is usually placed in some sort of protective splint. Many patients are able to go home the same day, but some may be held overnight to be safe. Your ankle will be immobilized for a few weeks and then you will be outfitted for either a cast or a walking boot. You will gradually be able to put more weight on the joint and then return to normal function once the area has completely healed. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but your doctor will be able to give you a good idea of how long it will take you to get back to normal.

If you have any questions regarding ankle fracture surgery, get in touch with the experts at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics. Contact us online or call 817-310-8783.