Ankle conditions, such as fractures (broken bones), arthritis, tendonitis, and conditions that cannot be treated despite attempts of conservative treatments like physical therapy and medications, might require surgical intervention.
Mild ankle fractures, when the ankle is stable and the shattered bone is not displaced, may not need surgery to be repaired. But when bones are unstable and need extra support to recover, surgery is done to treat the fractures.
The appropriate surgery for an individual depends on their age, activity level, and the extent of joint damage or deformity they are experiencing. Various forms of ankle surgery are designed to address distinct injuries or medical conditions that impact the ankle.
The following conditions such as fracture, arthritis, chronic ankle stability cause by sprain, deformity, or chronic tendonitis/synovitis of the ankle usually requires ankle surgery:
The extent of the procedure might range from minimally invasive arthroscopy to total ankle replacement surgery. Patient will be put to sedated throughout the procedure using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia.
The length of recovery varies depending on the type of operation. Expect to use crutches at first, then go through a stage where the patient wear a cast or walking boot.
Ankle fusion is very successful in reducing arthritic pain, but it also restrict the ankle’s range of motion. Adjacent joints may move more in order to make up for this restriction, which raises the risk of arthritis developing in those joints.
Artificial ankle joints are commonly advised for individuals aged 60 and above who are in good health and lead less active lifestyles. Activities involving significant impact, like running and jumping, can potentially cause harm to an artificial ankle joint.
Ankle surgery frequently helps people regain functional use of their ankles and reduces pain brought on by illnesses like arthritis.
Risks following ankle surgery could include:
The patient’s ankle is immobilized for several weeks after the procedure. To start the healing process and offer defense against further damage or injury, an ankle cast or medical boot is worn. Most patients resume their regular activities six to eight weeks after surgery.
If the patient notice any indications of infection or other complication, they need to contact their surgeon or seek immediate medical attention.
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