Surgery for Ankle Fracture
What is Surgery for Ankle Fracture?
If you have a serious or unstable ankle fracture, your surgeon may decide a cast will not be enough to help your bones heal. He or she will then discuss with you your need to have surgery.
Surgery for ankle fractures usually involves 'open reduction and internal fixation'. This is a term used by doctors and surgeons to describe operations where the skin is cut to reach the fractured bones ('open'), the bones are re-aligned ('reduction'), and screws or plates are used to keep the fragments of bones together ('fixation').
Your surgeon may also need to repair other tissues around your ankle, including tendons and muscles that may have been torn during your injury.
Surgery can take 30 mins to several hours, depending on the type of fracture and any complications that arise during surgery. Usually, you will be under general anaesthetic or asleep.
The rehabilitation after ankle fractures can take anywhere between twelve to twentyfour weeks, depending on how severe the breaks are and how well the bones heal. During this time, your physio and surgeon will recommend exercises for you and ask you to gradually increase how much weight you place on your foot.