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Why would a surgeon break an ankle and put pins/plates in it? what are methods of surgical pain relief for ankle when key hole surgery has failed?

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 9 years experience
Ankle surgery: If the ankle joint was injured previously, or if there is severe arthritis in the joint which cause a pseudo fusion, the surgeon may need to "break" the ankle joint to either completely fuse the joint or prepare the joint for an ankle replacement. Pain relief can be obtained with opioid pain medications, rest, ice, and elevation.

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