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7 mnths ago broke ankle 3 places. Surgery w/plate & 5 screws 4 fibula & 2 screws in ankle. Got dvt, major swelling when standing too long. Normal?

7 mnths ago broke ankle 3 places. Surgery w/plate & 5 screws 4 fibula & 2 screws in ankle. Got dvt, major swelling when standing too long. Normal?

Rest and elevate: Swelling may last a long time following surgery. Rest and elevate to minimize the swelling. Have it evaluated by your surgeon and get their advice. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Ankle Surgery (Definition)

Treatment of pathology of the joint formed by the articulation of the tibia, talus and fibula by procedures by that involve ...Read more


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How many screws are used in ankle surgery?

How many screws are used in ankle surgery?

It depends: There is no pre-determined number of screws used in ankle surgery. It depends on the extent of the fracture and what procedures are required to properly address the fracture. ...Read more

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I got screws after ankle surgery. When can I become active again/?

I got screws after ankle surgery. When can I become active again/?

When healed.: Bone typically takes 6-8 weeks to heal, and if you had screws placed, you're likely waiting on bone to heal before you can become active again. Check with your surgeon: your healing rate can be determined with a set of x-rays. You don't want to push your body too fast! ...Read more

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Should the rod be exposed after crushed ankle surgery? I had this surgery in feb 07 the rod and two screws were showing when the cast was removed. After about 8 weeks when the skin was almost covering the rod, the dr. Out of the blue took the two screws th

Should the rod be exposed after crushed ankle surgery? I had this surgery in feb 07 the rod and two screws were showing when the cast was removed. After about 8 weeks when the skin was almost covering the rod, the dr. Out of the blue took the two screws th

It: It sounds infected. With a crush injury often the blood supply to the area in question is damaged. It is not usual for an implant that is supposed to be under healed soft tissue to be exposed. There are different reasons why the screws were so easy to come out: little bone for the threads to bite on, poor bone stock, screws too short, perhaps you bore weight on the anke prior to when recommended. The numbness could be from the crush injury, from poor blood supply or from other causes of swelling like having your leg in a down position. ...Read more

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Post ankle surgery bimalleous fracture with two screws one side, plate and screws other side. Done 10/21/14. PT daily home. Skin tight both sides. Why?

Post ankle surgery bimalleous fracture with two screws one side, plate and screws other side. Done 10/21/14. PT daily home. Skin tight both sides. Why?

Sounds like you have: Swelling in that area. Without knowing more about whether you have pain at your ankle or pain at your calf or other issues going on - and I can't see or examine your ankle - it's not clear if this swelling related to impaired venous/lymphatic drainage which can happened after surgery in that area, or if it's related to intrinsic joint issues or even a blood clot. Have your doc check it out. ...Read more

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What is screws out of ankle surgery and recover like? How long will I have to be out of work and school? Will I need a cast or what?

What is screws out of ankle surgery and recover like? How long will I have to be out of work and school? Will I need a cast or what?

All depends: Discuss these questions with your surgeon who knows why the screws are present, where they are located, size of the screws, etc. ...Read more

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I am now at 5 weeks after maisonette fracture and 2 after ankle surgery with screw fixation, where should I give more emphasize in my rehab schedule?

I am now at 5 weeks after maisonette fracture and 2 after ankle surgery with screw fixation, where should I give more emphasize in my rehab schedule?

Range of motion: After immobilizing your healing ankle fracture, you will ned to focus on regaining your normal range of motion as well as a leg muscle strengthening program. Proprioception and balance training will also be a part of your rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Ankle surgery soon and I been having my foot fall asleep a couple times a day. I'm gettint the screws out and scar tissue scraped. This the cause?

Ankle surgery soon and I been having my foot fall asleep a couple times a day. I'm gettint the screws out and scar tissue scraped. This the cause?

It could be: Any time you have foreign material (screws) and scarring, there is risk of soft tissue irritation--nerves are very sensitive to this. Scarring and hardware can lead to nerve entrapment. Once the surgeon removes the screws and debrides the scar tissue, there is a good chance the numbness and pain will improve; however, sometimes nerves are damaged in surgery and you could always have numbness. ...Read more

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I had ankle surgery 8 weeks ago complete with plate and screws Got infection over the plate. Now the plate is exposed. Should I go to the ER

I had ankle surgery 8 weeks ago complete with plate and screws Got infection over the plate. Now the plate is exposed. Should I go to the ER

Red your surgeon: You need either to go back to the original surgeon or to your primary doctor and referred to orthopedic. If you have infection now the er can give you an antibiotic but you will still need the orthopedic ...Read more

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3 months post op ankle surgery, am having pinching and very sharp pain where the plate area is, is that normal?

Ankle surgery: Although not common this can occur in some patients up to 12 months after ankle surgery. One option you have is to do physical therapy which can help with pain and discomfort. If this continues I would recommend seeing your surgeon. In some rare cases some people have a reaction to the metal screws and plates. ...Read more

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How quickly after ankle surgery can I run?

How quickly after ankle surgery can I run?

Depends on the type: The fractures take up to 12 weeks to get you to bear weight on the ankle... Running could take another months after that. ...Read more

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How long wil swelling b there aftr ankle surgery?

How long wil swelling b there aftr ankle surgery?

Up to a year: After injury or surgery, it can take up to one full year for the body to finish healing and remodeling. ...Read more

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How long after ankle surgery until it is alright to run?

How long after ankle surgery until it is alright to run?

Up to one year: Depending on what type of surgery you had it could take up to at least one year before you can start running again. Talk to your surgeon, make sure you are following the rehab program you have been given. There are other activities that I have my athletes do including swimming etc. ...Read more

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What's 'normal' swelling first week after ankle surgery?

What's 'normal' swelling first week after ankle surgery?

Could range: Fom minor to severe.....Keep feet elevated above heart level, ice as often as can. ...Read more

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I have severe pain due to ankle surgery, any suggestions?

Ankle surgery: It depends on what type of surgery you had for the surgery and how long ago but you will have some pain. If this has been occurring for some time with no dissipation of the pain I would recommend seeing another foot and ankle specialist or orthopedist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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Will my piercings interfere with my upcoming ankle surgery?

Piercing: Any jewelry should be removed prior to any surgery. During surgery the surgeon will use an device called a bovie which is electric. If you have any jewelry it will cause a burn at the site. ...Read more

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After ankle surgery, is it important for a person to stay in bed?

After ankle surgery, is it important for a person to stay in bed?

Maybe: Being non weigt bearing and keeping pressure of the foot and leg with elevation is the key. ...Read more

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What can I do for pain caused by ankle surgery years ago from football?

What can I do for pain caused by ankle surgery years ago from football?

Have it: Re- evaluated by a doctor. X-rays should be taken, and options can then be discussed with you. ...Read more

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When can I go to the gym again if I had microfracture ankle surgery 3 weeks ago?

The only person: That should answer this question is your treating physician. ...Read more

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I'm on light bearing due to ankle surgery but mean while my thighs have given away I need to have thigh exercise?

Physical therapy: Pain and alterations in gait due to using crutches can bring on symptoms like this. Your physical therapist can evaluate and treat this type of weakness. They will advise to see your doc if they think there is something more to your complaints that needs evaluation like a nerve/spine problem. ...Read more

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Had ankle surgery 8 weeks ago. Have been full weight bearing for past week. Feel like can't have normal gait, like I have to limp. Normal?

Had ankle surgery 8 weeks ago. Have been full weight bearing for past week. Feel like can't have normal gait, like I have to limp. Normal?

Yes. You had 2-: -injuries 2 Ur ankle. The initial trauma & the secondary injury is the surgery. @ 8 weeks you may have healed Ur fracture, but the limp will remain with U until the muscles R rehabbed fully. I assume U were immobilized 4 a time, & this adds 2 the deterioration of muscle mass & strength. Get working on the flex/ext/inversion/eversion muscles. This will cause Ur limp 2 decrease as strength increase ...Read more

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How can you treat pain from a surgery you had 12 years ago that resulted in two screws in both wrists, the kneecap and an ankle growth plate?

See you doctor: First of all, if you are 40 and had surgery 12 years ago the growth plate in your ankle was long closed. My recommendation would be to see an orthopedic doctor and see why and where the pain is coming from. Obviously after 12 years the original surgeries are healed. The screws can be causing issues, you may have a meniscus tear, and or traumatic arthritis. That's why you need to get evaluated ASAP ...Read more

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Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

Possibly: Ankle fractures requiring surgery can be stabilized a number of ways. A typical fracture pattern is stabilized with a plate and screws on the outside bone (fibula) and screws or pins on the inside bone (tibia) if needed. ...Read more

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Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

See below: It sounds like you had a typical repair of a fractured ankle. If you are now hurting then either the plates and screws need removing from possibly loosening or you are developing post traumatic arthritis. X-rays and eval recommended. ...Read more

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How dangerous is ankle surgery?

Not: All surgeries have risks and many risks are not due to the surgery itself but things like anesthesia. ...Read more