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Had arthroscopic ankle debridement & modified brostrom 7 wks ago. Feel pain in ankle when full weight bearing. Is this normal? How long?

Had arthroscopic ankle debridement & modified brostrom 7 wks ago. Feel pain in ankle when full weight bearing. Is this normal? How long?

Yes: 7 weeks is not that far out for foot and ankle surgery. Since you had surgery on something that you walk and bear weight on, pain, soreness, and swelling can occur for several months...sometimes even 6 months. Soreness is definitely to be expected at this point. I would say that any remaining sharp pain should begin to improve during the next few weeks. Also, make sure to see your surgeon too. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more


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Partial weight bearing for few weeks on ankle that had arthroscopic debridement & modified brostrom. Now full weight, very painful. Normal? How long?

Partial weight bearing for few weeks on ankle that had arthroscopic debridement & modified brostrom. Now full weight, very painful. Normal? How long?

Call your surgeon.: The fact that you have asked this twice here suggests that you really should call your doctor. It's part of their job. ( You may need to back off on your weight bearing either by using your crutches to increase weight bearing more slowly or resting more frequently during the day. ) ...Read more

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I have FAI Right hip. Arthroscopic surgery is April 6. Today MRI discovered need Left Ankle scope debridement. Can both be done in 1 surgery 2 surgeon?

I have FAI Right hip. Arthroscopic surgery is April 6. Today MRI discovered need Left Ankle scope debridement. Can both be done in 1 surgery 2 surgeon?

Probably not: Technically, yes it could be done, but it is probably not a good idea. If you had to have a right hip scope and left ankle scope that required non weight bearing after surgery, you would be pretty close to being bed ridden. Where as if you did one side at a time you could be up with crutches. ...Read more

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How long do you need physical therapy for after ankle scope and debridement?

How long do you need physical therapy for after ankle scope and debridement?

Depends: It depends on what exactly is planned for your arthroscopy; joint lining clean up, repair of talar dome lesion, ligament repair, etc. Non weight bearing can be anywhere from just a few days to as long as 6 weeks and PT can vary accordingly. You should discuss the surgical plan with your surgeon as he or she is best suited to fully answer this for you. ...Read more

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I'm due to have an ankle debridement and removal of bone fragments from a sprain. How likely i will be able to run again?

I'm due to have an ankle debridement and removal of bone fragments from a sprain. How likely i will be able to run again?

Varies: The outcome varies somewhat, but in general it is a successful procedure in the properly selected patient, with about a 90 percent return to activity rate if you are a good surgical candidate. ...Read more

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About to have ankle debridement and bone fragments removed as result of ankle sprain last nov. Will i be able to return to distance running?

About to have ankle debridement and bone fragments removed as result of ankle sprain last nov. Will i be able to return to distance running?

Running again: It is quite possible that you can run again. It would depend how you are doing after the debridement, and it may take some time, maybe a few months. So you may have to be patient. ...Read more

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Can scar tissue after ankle debridement & modified brostrom create a popping noise when moving the ankle a certain way? Does this noise ever go away?

Can scar tissue after ankle debridement & modified brostrom create a popping noise when moving the ankle a certain way? Does this noise ever go away?

No: Scar tissue does not give rise to popping sound. Normal soft tissue may. Dont worry if it is only popping sound. But if you develop pain or swelling ot the area become red, consult your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Debridement (Definition)

Devitalised, or dead tissue is removed from the body using a variety of techniques, including surgery, and ...Read more