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How Long does It take to Heal from a Broken Ankle Surgery?

How Long does It take to Heal from a Broken Ankle Surgery?

How long does it take to heal from a broken ankle surgery? That’s a question most

people have when researching the possibilities of an ankle injury. And, it’s not an exact answer. Unfortunately, there are no quick and easy answers to the question because it depends on the severity of the breakage.

How Long does It take to Heal from a Broken Ankle Surgery?

First of all, it’s helpful to understand what a broken ankle actually is and what ankle surgery generally entails. When you hurt your ankle, you might incur a sprain. A sprain is a tearing of the ligaments in the ankle. Sprains are categorized in three grades: grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3. Grade 1 is the least severe and most patients are able to return to normal use within just a couple to a few days. Grade 2 takes longer to recover, while grade 3 takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

However, there’s a real difference between a sprain and a bone fracture. A sprain is a tearing of the ligament but a fracture is a breaking of one or more bones. Broken ankle surgery means a doctor cuts an incision into the skin to reveal the bones. To repair the injury, the doctor might use plates, screws, nails, and rods.Therefore, ankle surgery recovery time can last for several weeks, between 6 to 8 to 10 weeks or more, depending on the severity of the break and resulting injuries to the joint. It might take 6 weeks just to put normal weight on your ankle and many more weeks for total recovery.Original article courtesy of Houston family foot and ankle