Ankle Fracture Surgery



Ankle fracture surgery refers to a group of procedures that reconstruct breaks in the ankle region.

What is it?

Ankle fracture surgery is a classification of procedures that rejoin and realign broken bones in the ankle region. This surgery requires that the bones in the ankle region are placed in the proper position to ensure proper recovery and facilitate bone growth. These fractures are slightly more common in children and younger adults due to bone growth stages and more active lifestyles.

What should I do to prepare?

Before receiving surgery, the patient should consult with a physician or surgeon to determine if this surgery is the proper course of action. X-rays and other diagnostic imaging techniques are used to develop a treatment plan. Medication plans and fasting routines may be necessary depending on the surgeon’s guidelines. Ankle fracture surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, but the patient should be prepared to remain at the hospital for post-surgical evaluation. Additionally, the patient should arrange travel accommodations in advance.

What happens during the process?

General or local anesthesia is used to prepare the ankle region for operation. When the anesthetic effects are felt, the surgeon makes an incision of the break. The bones are then repositioned where they are locked in position with specialized screws or plates. These devices reinforce the surgical positioning while also allowing for mobility and easy recovery.

What are the risks and potential complications?

Risks for ankle fracture surgery are risks that accompany surgical procedures, include but are not limited to improper anesthesia, infections, nerve damage, excessive bleeding,  an inability of the wound to heal, and bone fractures. Undergoing this surgery does not guarantee a full recovery and it is possible that the patient will experience stiffness in the ankle region.


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