When you sprain your ankle, the ligaments are torn and often do not fully heal. This can lead to ankle pain, decreased mobility, and recurring “give way” episodes when the ankle rolls when exercising or walking on uneven ground.
Ankle Ligament Repair Surgery
Ankle ligament repair surgery is a recommended course of treatment when the ankle becomes mechanically unstable (typically after a severe ankle sprain). Ankle instability can increase your chances of ankle and foot injuries. Repairing the ligaments in the ankle can improve stability, reduce ankle pain, and increase mobility. This procedure can help athletes who have sustained ankle injuries return quickly to their particular sport.
Ankle ligament repair surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and begins with anesthesia to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. The surgeon begins by making small incisions in the ankle and inspecting the ligaments and ankle joint. The ligaments are tightened as necessary using sutures. Finally, the wounds are closed with stitches and the foot is placed in a splint cast. After the procedure it’s essential that you follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions to the letter. Following these instructions will ensure the fastest possible recovery after your ankle ligament repair surgery.
Tennessee Ankle Surgeon
If you are experiencing recurring ankle sprains as a result of ankle instability, ankle ligament reconstruction surgery may a good course of treatment for you. Dr. Chad Ferguson has been treating patients in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee for years and is recognized as an expert ankle surgeon.