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Broken Ankle Surgery Recovery
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
Depends: on severity of deformity and type of surgery required. Swelling may last many months or longer. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I had surgery for a screw to be put in to help heal my broken ankle and then had it removed, but I still have pain sometimes. Any suggestions?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had surgery for a broken ankle 3 weeks ago. My dr said not to put pressure on it but I can walk on that leg but it's unstable. Is it okay to drive?
Severe swelling and pain 4 months after orif surgery for broken ankle. I cannot wear shoes because of swelling and pain, and I'm housebound. Help.
You should : Contact your surgeon and discuss this with him/her. ...Read more
I had surgery 5 weeks ago for a broken ankle. At night i urinate every 1.5 hours. I was treated for a UTI but this is still continuing. What to do?
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 had broken ankle surgery 5 weeks ago & since have experienced nightly frequent urination. Urinalysis was clear, no uti. Could swelling cause this?
How long do I need to wait to drive after broken ankle surgary ? Please answer I am going away and i need to drive there ! it has been 4 weeks since
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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