Ankle surgery may be necessary to treat a fracture, tendon, ligament or cartilage damage, or the symptoms of ankle osteoarthritis.
Ankle injuries can affect people of any age including sportsmen and women, women with osteoporosis and older people who may be more prone to trips and falls, as well as children of all ages.
Normally, surgery will only be recommended if other non-invasive treatments are not appropriate or have not resolved the problem.
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If I have to have a plate or screws, will they need to be removed in the future?
No, generally screws and plates will not be removed unless they start to cause problems, such as pain, irritation or infection.
Will I have surgery under general anaesthetic?
It will depend on the nature and severity of the injury. Some treatments can be carried out under local anaesthetic, which carries a lower risk than general anaesthetic.
Will I be able to move around after ankle surgery?
You should not put weight on your ankle until you are advised by your doctor that it is safe to do so. In the meantime, you will be able to use crutches or a special protective boot or cast to enable you to move around. It is important not to do too much too soon as you could risk damaging your ankle further.
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