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Is ankle ligament surgery worth it for a 17 year old?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If he can't use the ankle properly, it's effecting his activities, and it's unlikely to get better without surgery, then it's probably worth getting it fixed.
If, on the other hand, it's likely to heal on its own (strain or sprain) then physical therapy and/or rest might be more appropriate than surgery.

In brief: Depends

If he can't use the ankle properly, it's effecting his activities, and it's unlikely to get better without surgery, then it's probably worth getting it fixed.
If, on the other hand, it's likely to heal on its own (strain or sprain) then physical therapy and/or rest might be more appropriate than surgery.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

This is a fairly complex question and the answer depends on the nature of why this was suggested, the activity level of the patient, the cause of the ligamentous damage that necessitates surgery, etc.
Talk to the physician that recommended surgery and if you aren't sure, perhaps a second opinion is in order.

In brief: Depends

This is a fairly complex question and the answer depends on the nature of why this was suggested, the activity level of the patient, the cause of the ligamentous damage that necessitates surgery, etc.
Talk to the physician that recommended surgery and if you aren't sure, perhaps a second opinion is in order.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine

In brief: Depends

90% of ankle ligament injuries do not require surgery.
Surgery tends to be effective/necessary when the high ankle ligaments called the syndesmosis are significantly torn and allowing the upper ankle joint to separate or when the medial or lateral ligaments are severely torn and will not heal enough to stabilize the ankle. Brostrom surgery stabilizes the lateral side in those with chronic sprains.

In brief: Depends

90% of ankle ligament injuries do not require surgery.
Surgery tends to be effective/necessary when the high ankle ligaments called the syndesmosis are significantly torn and allowing the upper ankle joint to separate or when the medial or lateral ligaments are severely torn and will not heal enough to stabilize the ankle. Brostrom surgery stabilizes the lateral side in those with chronic sprains.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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