Why you might need?
You will need surgery on your ankle because the severity and location of your fracture requires you to do so by a healthcare professional. Surgery will repair the bone in a better position to reduce the risk of a deformity or loss of function.
An anaesthetist will discuss with you the type of anaesthetic used and the process they will follow so you don’t feel anything. You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns you may have.
Once you are safely anaesthetised, incisions are made through the skin where the ankle bones are broken. The bones will be repositioned and held in place with implants. Once the bones are repaired, your surgeon will stitch up where the incision has been made and you will be taken back to your room.
Your consultant will provide you with all the relevant information before your procedure along with any preparation you may need to do in the days leading up to your surgery. It is important to tell your consultant about any medicines you may be taking, including any over the counter pain medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin.
You may need imaging tests before your surgery, including ultrasound, x-ray or an MRI.
Do not eat or drink before you are due to have surgery otherwise your surgery may be delayed - you will receive more detailed information on fasting prior to your procedure.
Please ensure you have a companion available to take you home after you leave OneWelbeck Orthopaedics.
As with any surgery, there can be risks with ankle surgery. Whilst small, they can include:
- Residual weakness in the ankle
- Reduced function which may cause a difficulty in walking
- Possible further surgery if the bone doesn’t heal properly
- Possible nerve damage
Our leading expert orthopaedic consultants will be able to help with any concerns you may have.
After your operation, you will be watched by your dedicated nurse at OneWelbeck Orthopaedics for the few hours after your surgery. To stop your leg from moving, you will need to wear a cast or brace on your leg which will help the ankle to heal. You will likely be in this case for at least six weeks depending on the severity of your injury. Once you have seen your Consultant you will be able to go home the same day.
Make sure you follow any advice given to you by your consultant orthopaedic surgeon including any advice on pain relief, wound dressing and any exercises you may be given.