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Can you perform broken ankle surgery laparoscopically?

Can you perform broken ankle surgery laparoscopically?

ORIF of ankle fx: Broken ankle repair sx is typically done open, and not arthroscopically. Open technique (orif) allows for accurate reduction of fracture deformity (ies). Even though surgical correction is done open, the operation is performed using fluoroscopy (c-arm guidance) to visualize the fracture (s) before & after reduction, and also visualize the fixation (plate/screws) while and after it is placed. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Broken Ankle (Definition)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight ...Read more


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Broken ankle surgery three weeks after i am on 50% weight bearing. I'm nervous. Any tips?

Broken ankle surgery three weeks after i am on 50% weight bearing. I'm nervous. Any tips?

Half way There.: The best tip is follow your doctors orders. His treatment plan was determined by the specifics of your injury, the physiology of bone healing and his experience. ...Read more

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How long does one normally wear a cast after broken ankle surgery?

Depends: The length of nonweightbearing and immobilization will depend on the severity and instability of the break. A simple break and repair may not need a cast at all, relying on a boot immobilizer instead. Complex unstable fracture repairs may need 4-8 weeks of casting, also followed by a boot for another month or so. Your surgeon should discuss surgical recovery with you before the case. ...Read more

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Broken ankle, surgery, nwb 8 wks. On wk 7. Any tips as i start gradual weight bearing, please? I'm a bit nervous to start. No pt ordered or walk boot.

Broken ankle, surgery, nwb 8 wks. On wk 7. Any tips as i start gradual weight bearing, please? I'm a bit nervous to start. No pt ordered or walk boot.

Return to surgeon: Go back to your surgeon that corrected the broken ankle and tell him/ her your concerns, and that you would like a low profile walking cast boot to help with partial weight bearing. Also ask him /her if physical therapy is needed. ...Read more

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Could a broken ankle return to looking normal after surgery?

Could a broken ankle return to looking normal after surgery?

Depends: on severity of deformity and type of surgery required. Swelling may last many months or longer. ...Read more

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Does a broken ankle usually return to looking normal after surgery?

Not always: Depending on the extent of the fracture, where in the ankle it occurred and what kind of surgery was done, there may be chronic appearence of enlargement of that ankle. This has been my experience. This is not always the case though and sometimes i see patients who have had ankle fractures and surgery and their ankles look normal.However, they often have less range of motion compared to the other. ...Read more

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I have had a broken ankle for nine months should I ask about surgery?

I have had a broken ankle for nine months should I ask about surgery?

Yes: Without seeing the x-rays, there are many different scenarios, but you may have a "non-union" where the bones have just not healed. Depending on the type of injury, etc, you may be a candidate for a surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get back to normal after surgery for broken ankle?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get back to normal after surgery for broken ankle?

3-6 months: You should be able to start limited weight bearing exercises in about 8 weeks, but it is always best to ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have an infection from broken ankle surgery, what to do?

I have an infection from broken ankle surgery, what to do?

This is serious: Infection after insertion of hardware can mean the hardware must be removed, leaving your fracture in a bad position. A bone infection puts your entire leg at risk. You'll need IV antibiotics and perhaps even more surgery. Please discuss this with your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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I have broken ankle. i had a surgery last week. Now my muscles just below the knee is turning blue. As if the blood is not getting to the tissues. Or burst vain?

I have broken ankle. i had a surgery last week. Now my muscles just below the knee  is turning blue. As if the blood is not getting to the tissues. Or burst vain?

Broken ankle: It is best to consult your surgeon for post operative questions. We are alway happy to make sure our post operative patients have no questions or concerns. ...Read more

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How is the recovery for ankle surgery?

At : Your age a bit quicker than later in life, but remember, is a lengthy process that requires continued therapy. It is a significant weight bearing area. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time for an ankle surgery?

What's the recovery time for an ankle surgery?

Depends: Ak=nkle surgery could be a tumor, fracture or a miriad of problems. Depending why you had the durgery will depend the recovery time associated with it. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time for ankle surgery?

How long is the recovery time for ankle surgery?

Weeks to months. : It depends on the type of surgery. An ankle arthroscopy may only slow you down for a few weeks, an ankle fusion may take 6 months to a year. Talk to your surgeon about your specific situation. ...Read more

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How long would an ankle surgery take and what's recovery like?

Variable: The answer to the question depends on the type of ankle surgery that would need to be performed. This could be as quick as 30 minutes or as long as 3 hours. Recovery would also be the same. The best advice is to ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I stop pain after ankle surgery?

How can I stop pain after ankle surgery?

Follow guidelines: Make sure you are taking your pain medications as directed, and resting, elevating and icing the ankle as directed. Only be on your foot as much as your doctor instructed. Some postoperative discomfort is normal and expected for a period of time. If the pain is more than expected, or worsening, contact your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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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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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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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