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

Recovery. 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.
Yes. You will need to have it repaired well and allow the proper time to heal. Follow your surgeons orders. Since this is a serious fracture, you may have some swelling and pain. You may even develop arthritis in the ankle after awhile.
It depends. An ankle fracture that heals in perfect alignment usually leaves little or no impairment. Some individuals may be left with post-traumatic arthritis of the ankle joint, continued pain, or a tendency for recurrent ankle sprains. Fractures of the weight-bearing portion of the tibia have a more guarded prognosis, since any change in the anatomic position of the fracture fragments is likely to result in long-term post-traumatic arthritis.

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

Yes. 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. Read more...
Yes. There will be some limitation of motion even with the best reduction of the fracture. You probably will develop some arthritis down the road. The younger you are the better for this type of fracture in terms of returning to activities. There is some residual swelling you will need to deal with as well. Read more...

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.

Ankle fracture . Physical therapy will help with pain mitigation, improved range of motion, strengthening and proprioception improvement. All of this leads to improved pain and function. Also should help prevent repeat injury. Read more...
At this time-- no. 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. Read more...
Depends. Is the fracture healed? If so, then PT can help with decreasing the pain as you increase your activity. It is normal to get some discomfort when you start ambulating. See your surgeon. Read more...

What do they do during trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery?

Internal fixation. A trimalleolar fracture involves the medial and lateral malleoli and the third is the posterior aspect of the tibia. Usually the fractures are reduced and stabilized with screws and maybe a plate along the fibula followed with a cast and crutches. Read more...
ORIF. 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. Read more...
Stabilize. The broken bones are put back into anatomical alignment. The bones are held in place with metal plates and screws. Read more...

What indicators on the x-ray signify that an ankle is ready to be weight-bearing after an ORIF for a trimalleolar ankle fracture? (no gaps, etc)

The main indicator- -is solid healing on X-rays. Also if there is no pain. If the reduction is solid & no hardware crosses the syndesmosis (sp), I let patients that R trust worthy 2 bear wt @ 1-2 weeks, but only with crutches & only partially. As time passes @ each follow up appt, I allow more wt bearing depending on X-rays & symptoms when doing so also no cast so showers R OK, but wear @ all times.even sleep.My pts. Read more...
Signs for healing. On xray the fracture site will appear healed in 3 different views... meaning new bone growth is seen overlying the fracture site... and yes no gaps present! Read more...

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?

You would have. To ask your surgeon, he needs to give you the referral anyway. Read more...
Soon. 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. Read more...
Your surgeon. If the surgeon took you out of your cast I will assume you have healed. Ask the surgeon for your PT referral. Read more...

I had an ankle fracture/dislocation 10 years ago, and had surgery to reduce, fixed with a series of screws. My ankle is now frequenlty warm and itchy.?

Nickel allergy? If you have a history of contact allergy to nickel which often causes a rash where jewelry touches your skin, you may have a similar kind of reaction to metal containing implants such as the screws and plates used for internal fixation of fractures. A patch test for nickel and/ or cobalt allergy can be done to help confirm this possibility. Read more...
Ankle arthritis. There are a number of issues that can playing a role from metal allergies (rare), to nerve damage, to ankle arthritis becoming more problematic. Read more...
Probably. Not related to previous surgery. If the ankle becomes painful see your orthopod.. Read more...