trimalleolar ankle fracture recovery

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Trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery. What is the chance of painfree recovery?

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This depends on a lot of factors including how large the posterior fragment is and if it was reduced, how the syndesmosis is fixated, and if there is any other additional injuries other than the bone like an osteochondral fracture.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered:

Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Yes

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Many people are able to resume all their activities after fully healed and have gone through physical therapy. You may develope some arthritis down the road
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Dr. Selene Parekh answered:

Can you make a full recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture with dislocation?

Recovery

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a full recovery is possible, but that ankle will no longer be the same. there will always be some stiffness, ache and swelling. over time you have a high chance of developing arthritis.
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Dr. Robert Leland answered:

What do they do during trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery?

ORIF

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Open Reduction Internal Fixation which means making incisions, putting the bones back in the proper position and holding the bones in the proper position with metal plates and screws
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Dr. Robert Kent answered:

Trimalleolar ankle fracture, just got cast off after six weeks, have no walking cast or boot. Dr said see him in three weeks, when can I start PT?

Soon

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I would get the okay from your ortho to be sure, but I would normally start PT as soon as the cast came off and the fracture proved itself stable. The earlier you are able to start, the better.
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Dr. Randy L. Lisch answered:

I had trimalleolar ankle fracture and am now walking in an aircast, but the pain is quite bad. Do I need PT? My Dr. said I did not, but I think I do.

At this time-- no

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You need to confer with your doctor for specifics, but at this time if you are still in an aircast that indicates that the bones are not fully healed. After removal of the cast is the time to start PT
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Dr. Jeffrey Kahn answered:

How long (roughly) does the pain last after ORIF ankle surgery (trimalleolar fracture)? A few weeks?

Weeks

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The initial pain should improve within a few weeks but soreness and swelling may be present for several months.keep pressure off of your foot/ankle and elevate when possible. Ice is usually helpful.
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Dr. Chris Tonozzi answered:

I had a trimalleolar fracture of my ankle 5 years ago that healed without surgery. I have always had pain, but recently its gotten much worse. Why?

Arthritis

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You've probably got some arthritis building up in the joint. X-Rays and a consult with an orthopedist would be next steps.
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Dr. Robert S. Lim answered:

How hard is the recovery for ankle fracture surgery?

Moderate

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Depending on the fracture shape, usually screws, maybe a plate are used to reduce and stabilize the fracture. Most are placed in a cast or minimally an orthoboot, on crutches for 4-8 weeks. If torn ligaments are involved it may add a couple of weeks. It is dependant on the type of fracture you have.
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How do I speed up the recovery time for an ankle fracture?

Rehab

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proper range of motion exercises and strength training
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