Benefits and Recovery from Ankle Surgery
Ankle surgery might be necessary to fix a severe deformity of the ankle or the ankle bone structure. Injuries, likes fractures, and other ankle problems, like birth defects, may need surgery. Diseases, like diabetes, arthritis, and neuromuscular conditions, can bring about acute foot and ankle deformities as well, which may trigger pain, make walking difficult, and may require surgery. Complex conditions may require major reconstructions or even combination surgery.
Ankle surgery emphasizes the repositioning of the structure either around or after the extraction of an abnormality. Different types of internal and external fixation devices are usually needed to keep the correct positioning in the foot and ankle during, and even after, the healing process. Some of the fixation devices are temporary and some of them are permanent.
Ankle surgeries differ in difficulty, duration, and severity, but many ankle surgeries are carried out on an outpatient basis. Patients do need to make plans to have someone drive them home after the procedure and stay with them for the first 24 hours after the surgery. Post-operative instructions, which your surgeon should give you, will have all the information you need to care for your recovering ankle while it is healing after the procedure.