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What’s the Need for Ankle Ligament Surgery?

Ankle ligament surgery. Three words which can easily frighten anyone and for good reason. Any sort of medical procedure carries risk. But, ankle ligament surgery is fairly common. In other words, it’s done enough there’s minimal risk involved. So, let’s take a look at ankle ligament surgery and what to expect.

Generally, the need for ankle ligament surgery is to repair and/or correct ligaments of the ankle which have become loose or stretched. If left untreated, loose and stretched ankle ligaments can lead to a condition called “chronic ankle instability.”

Therefore, the overall purpose of ankle ligament surgery is to tighten up or firm up one or more ligaments which are outside the ankle.

Risks of Ankle Ligament Surgery

Although somewhat routine, ankle surgery still has risks associated with the procedure. However, the vast majority of patients will not experience many of these. Ankle ligament surgery risks include excess bleeding, damage to the nerves, the possibility of infection, stiffness forming in the ankle joint, the possibility of forming a blood clot, and complications from anesthesia. In some instances, the procedure does not provide any improvement.

Ankle Ligament Surgery Recovery

The procedure for ankle ligament surgery is generally an outpatient one. It will take a few hours to perform. You’ll be given a local anesthetic and then released on the same day. It generally takes between four to six weeks for the initial healing phase, during which time you’ll use crutches. Then, you’ll likely wear a removable surgical boot for a short period of time.