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Doctor insights on: Ankle Ligament Reconstruction Surgery Recovery

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How long is ankle ligament surgery recovery time?

How long is ankle ligament surgery recovery time?

5-8 months: Depending on the actual procedure that is done, most people are nonweightbearing in a cast for 4-6 weeks then weightbearing cast for 4-6 weeks, then pt. Most are not running for 5 months or longer. I have developed a new procedure that the recovery is 1 wk in a orthoboot nwb, 2nd week is weightbearing, 3rd week pt, running by 5-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the usual recovery time for ankle ligament surgery?

Depends: There are several ankle ligaments that can be torn from an injury. In general, the first month you are in a cast or boot to allow healing. Your doctor will progress you to a brace and physical therapy when he feels you are ready. "recovery time" depends on your desired activity. Most people are resuming their desired activity within 4-6 months...High impact 6-12. Bike, swim, walk earlier. ...Read more

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Ankle ligament surgery recovery. How many weeks of pt is needed afterwards?

Depends on type: The recovery depends on the kind of ligament surgery you had. In general the first month after you are in a boot or cast to allow healing to occur. You will progress to a brace, your dr. May start out with simple home exercises first. Formal physical therapy is typically 1-3 months depending on the progress. Full recovery takes 6-12 months. Don't forget to ice and elevate! ...Read more

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I'm worried about the recovery process from ankle ligament surgery. Should I be?

I'm worried about the recovery process from ankle ligament surgery. Should I be?

If concerned: Then talk to your doctor. You have not given any facts as to why you are concerned. ...Read more

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Little nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' and length of recovery?

Little nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' and length of recovery?

Normal: It is normal to be nervous about any surgery. No one even me likes to have surgery. But, if your ankle is affecting your quality of life on a regular basis then absolutely, consider it. I would be sure you have at least tried some physical therapy and bracing to see if this helps first. But yes, return to full activity could take 4-6 months, the first being in a cast or boot. Good luck! ...Read more

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When is ankle ligament surgery neccassory?

When is ankle ligament surgery neccassory?

When: It does not heal by conservative treatment or if the damage is too sever. ...Read more

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What do you do during torn ankle ligament surgery?

What do you do during torn ankle ligament surgery?

Repair ligament: The most common procedure is the modified brostrum, which sews the ends of the ligaments back together. Other procedures use a section of tendon from a muscle or cadaver graft. Recovery can be from 5-8 months including casting for 2-3 months. I actually have developed a new procedure that creates a new ligament. With a recovery time of 2 months with no casting. ...Read more

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What is torn ankle ligament surgery like; painful?

Can Be: Any surgery can be painful. A torn ligament or sprain can be very painful. Some people tell me it is worse than when they broke it. Most ligament injuries do not require surgery. Depending on the type a cast, boot or brace may be used in the early treatment with ice and elevation. Physical therapy is important to gain motion, strength and balance back to hopefully prevent injury. ...Read more

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Ankle ligament repair needed what happens during the surgery?

Different options: Most ankle ligament surgery involves either tightening up existing ligaments if they are in satisfactory condition (modified brostrum) or using a portion of a tendon to replace the deficient ligaments (anatomic free tendon reconstruction). "non anatomic reconstructions" have fallen out of favor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ankle ligament surgery?

What is the definition or description of: ankle ligament surgery?

Surgical repair of: Ankle ligaments can be a pretty involved procedure, using tendons to replace torn ligaments, looping them through bone, or it could just involve repairing the torn ligament (s), depending on the extent of the injury and the activity of the patient. Couch potatoes don't need the same level of reconstruction as athletes. Discuss options with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I am nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' tomorrow. Advice?

I am nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' tomorrow. Advice?

I would be nervous: If I will be you, but if know your physician and trust him that should clam your nervousness. I t is will established surgery. ...Read more

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Do I have to a referral from my pcp to have ankle ligament surgery?

Do I have to a referral from my pcp to have ankle ligament surgery?

Depends: It really depends on the type of insurance you have. Some insurances allow direct access to specialists without a pcp referral and others require pcp referral. Check with your insurance company. Btw, it is always a good idea to let your pcp know what you are doing when it comes to your health. ...Read more

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Do I have to get referred by my gp to ortho to have ankle ligament surgery?

Do I have to get referred by my gp to ortho to have ankle ligament surgery?

Can Be: Any surgery can be painful. A torn ligament or sprain can be very painful. Some people tell me it is worse than when they broke it. Most ligament injuries do not require surgery. Depending on the type a cast, boot or brace may be used in the early treatment with ice and elevation. Physical therapy is important to gain motion, strength and balance back to hopefully prevent injury. ...Read more

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Apain in my ankle seems to get more uncomfortable. Surgery has been advised but is it necessary for torn ligament and how long is the recovery?

Depends: If your ankle is unstable because of the torn ligament then surgery is indicated. Also the torn ligament can cause pain especially if it gets pinched in the ankle. Without knowing exact diagnosis, it is difficult to tell if surgery is needed or not and what recovery is. But for a ligament reconstruction it is about 3 months. ...Read more

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Broke my fibula and tore ligaments in my ankle. Had surgery (with a titanium plate and connector between my fib and tib). What's recovery time like?

Broke my fibula and tore ligaments in my ankle. Had surgery (with a titanium plate and connector between my fib and tib). What's recovery time like?

3 months: It can depend on how bad the fracture is and how much soft tissue damage was done. On average it takes 6 weeks for the bone to heel with another 6-8 weeks of rehab. ...Read more

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Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

6-12 weeks: It really depends on which ligaments are injured and how badly they are torn. Many ankle ligament injuries heal nonoperatively while others require surgery for stabilization. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a second time torn ankle ligament?

It depends: It depends on the ligament that is torn and the severity of the tear. Every time an ankle ligament is torn it weakens the ligament and can make the ankle looser if not treated properly. For a standard ankle sprain it usually takes 2-4 weeks to recover. If more severe, it can take several more weeks of immobilization and in some cases surgery to correct the torn ligament. ...Read more

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I have had a partial tear in my ankle ligament for a year. Would the cortisone shot help in recovery? Should I be working a desk duty job while I jure

Ankle injury: Steroid injections are co train fixated on this setting. Podiatrists love to do this but there is copious Orthopaedic literature contraindicating this. If this is painful, causing instability or dysfunction then I would try a course of immobilization. Ultimately it may require a repair, reconstruction or simple debridement. ...Read more

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Is there an ankle ligament reconstruction if somebody has repeated sprains?

Yes: Yes there many it depend on what kind repeated sprain, the cause for that, also you could lose piece of cartilage or bone doing that for you. Check it out. Thank you. ...Read more

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Have been diagnosed with crps after ankle ligament reconstruction, what exercises will help without making pain worse?

Have been diagnosed with crps after ankle ligament reconstruction, what exercises will help without making pain worse?

No specific exercise: But try to avoid ones that stress the affected limb and remain active. Just being active may help modulate your pain threshold. ...Read more

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Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Maybe: If the ligament is fully torn and the foot is in pain and ustable then surgery would be helpful. ...Read more

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How does ankle syndesmosis surgery work? Do they repair the ligaments that are damaged at the same time?

How does ankle syndesmosis surgery work? Do they repair the ligaments that are damaged at the same time?

Some do not me: If cn early I only reduced the syndesmosis & transfixed with a screw, post op boot, no wt bearing 6-8 weeks. Then screw removal and rehab. I would always fix in some plantar flexion which gives a tight fit, but dorsiflexion is regained thu rehab. Some longer than others. Others will open & sort of repaire the shreded ligament but I never did. B sure screw is a lag & sticks out the tibial side. ...Read more

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I had brostrom surgery on my ankle 2 weeks ago. When I flex my ankle up and down it feels like the ligaments are pulling and hurts a lot. Isthisnormal?

I had brostrom surgery on my ankle 2 weeks ago. When I flex my ankle up and down it feels like the ligaments are pulling and hurts a lot. Isthisnormal?

2 weeks out of: Any surgery and one can have strange feelings. Ice the area. Discuss with your surgeon on your next appt. I would not be overly concerned at this point. ...Read more

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I have torn ligaments/tendons in my ankle. Pt has shown some improvment, but I'm still in pain. Is surgery my only option left? Thanks

I have torn ligaments/tendons in my ankle. Pt has shown some improvment, but I'm still in pain. Is surgery my only option left? Thanks

See below: Your doctor can try to immobilize you for a time. If there is a total tear then surgery is probably needed. There is a newer technique called prp which you can discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had ankle ligament lateral reconstruction in mid-january. My ankle and calf just began to swell for no reason. Should I be worried?

I had ankle ligament lateral reconstruction in mid-january. My ankle and calf just began to swell for no reason. Should I be worried?

Something is wrong.: Ankles and calves do not just begin to swell for no reason. There is always a reason. It could be mechanical, structural or vascular. You need to have your ankle evaluated to determine the most likely cause. ...Read more

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Did I need surgery for a tear a ligament in my ankle?

Maybe: It depends on injury you had, whether the area is stable and how much of the ligament is torn. ...Read more

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Is having a ligament tightening surgery on my ankle safe?

Is having a ligament tightening surgery on my ankle safe?

Ankle: Yes. Ankke satabilization procedures are a very common procedure and have very good out comes. ...Read more

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Is ankle ligament surgery worth it for a 17 year old?

Depends: If he can't use the ankle properly, it's effecting his activities, and it's unlikely to get better without surgery, then it's probably worth getting it fixed. If, on the other hand, it's likely to heal on its own (strain or sprain) then physical therapy and/or rest might be more appropriate than surgery. ...Read more