What are the drawbacks of not having surgery to repair a small ankle fracture? When is surgery necessary?

If ORS recc... If your orthopedic surgeon recommends 'fixing ' your ankle than follow his advice .Some common ankle fx.S do not require surgery... Casting / crutches will suffice.However, if u are young and your fracture pattern has a propensity to' slip' or the ankle mortise is already showing signs of "widening" orif( surgery)is the only option.'drawbacks' include a 'misaligned' joint and sec. Arthritis.

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How would prepare for surgery for an ankle fracture?

Healthy. Be as healthy as possible. That means nutritionally you should be eating fruits and vegetables and lots of protein. Take multi vitamins if you think your diet is not well balanced. Also stop any nsaids such as Ibuprofen or aleve, (naproxen) they may cause more bleeding during surgery. If you're a diabetic make sure your sugar is well under contol. Your surgeon should be able to prepare you for surgery. Read more...
Depends. If you smoke, it is best to stop because nicotine inhibits bone healing. Eat a balanced diet high in calcium and vitamin c. Prepare to be on crutches for about 6-8 weeks. Read more...

How long does it take to recover after a displaced ankle fracture without having surgery?

Depends. We usually call a fracture displaced if it is more then 2 mm. That being said if the fracture is significantly displaced it should be fixed. The ankle will usually heal, but the patient is going to have a malunion with a poor outcome. Read more...
Surgery. Generally most ankle fractures classified as displaced requires some form of surgery. The reason is that displacement can cause angular problems with the ankle joint itself. Read more...

I have an ankle fracture, it requires surgery so they can put in a plate. How long will this surgery take?

About 90 minutes. It actually depends on whether one or both bones are broken, or if it is more complicated fracture, which might take longer. As long as a good job is done, length of time it takes to do it, doesn't matter. I am sure you'll agree. Read more...
Lol. Should not take long. Surgery isn't based on time. There are a lot of factors like how bad and how old the break is, surgeon experience, your body type etc. As long as u trust your surgeon do not worry how long they take. Read more...

I am getting surgery for an ankle fracture. Are there any specific foods or supplements I should take to enhance healing?

Yes, I did. I was able to impress my surgeon with how quickly healing went. First, if you smoke - quit for as long as possible ahead of surgery and until you are healed (maybe forever?). Then, vitamin c and lots of leafy dark green veggies. There are many web sites with ideas. Here's a start: http://www.Preparingforyoursurgery.Org/before_surgery/nutrition_sidebar.Html good luck! Read more...
Timing. You fractured your ankle and you are scheduled for surgery....Soon. If you are otherwise healthy and have a well rounded died, I have not found that the body places great demands for an orif of an ankle fracture. You did not divulge your age or sex...If you happen to be female post menopausal or post hysterectomy, calcium and vit d may be indicated. Good luck. Read more...