Nowadays, ankle surgery is a very common procedure because there are different conditions that can benefit from this treatment. In fact, according to The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery and ArthritisResearchUK experts, ankle surgery can be a good option for treating people with ankle arthritis, Achilles tendon disorders, tibialis posterior dysfunction, lateral ankle ligament dysfunction or even ankle fractures that don't heal properly with traditional or medical treatment.
This explains why the experts have developed different techniques to perform the ankle surgery and have created many devices to be used as support or replacement for the articulation. It is important to remember that it is always important to look for a qualified surgeon-traumatologist because only he/she can determine the best way of treatment for each case (please follow the link to read on Orthopedics Consultation).
What Must I Do Before Undergoing an Ankle Treatment/Surgery?
Although you must always follow your doctor indications, there are certain things that you can do to prepare yourself for an ankle surgery and make the recovery process easier. In the first place, you must talk with your doctor about all the available options of treatment for your condition and, according to the doctor suggestions, choose the best option for you. It is important to clarify all your doubts and concerns before the ankle treatment, so a proper communication between the patient and the doctor is important.
It is very important for the patient to stop smoking, eat a healthy diet (cutting out high-fat and high-sugar foods), lose weight (if needed), take certain vitamins supplements (if needed) and start the "prehabilitation" process (exercise before surgery).
The day before the ankle surgery you shouldn't eat or drink anything after midnight, and you must be on time at the hospital to be properly prepared.
What Must I Do After an Ankle Treatment/Surgery?
The ankle joint surgery recovery may be difficult for some people. However, if the patient is prepared, he/she will have no problems during the recovery process. Immediately after an ankle surgery, you will need a person to take you home and take care of you. You must have rest and the operated ankle should be elevated (15 cm or 6 inches higher than your heart) at least for the first 2 weeks after the procedure.
It is also important that you or the person taking care of you know how to maintain the bandages clean and dry without changing them (unless the doctor indicates differently). This is necessary to reduce swelling, which is usually important after an ankle surgery.
According to the type of ankle surgery that you underwent, the doctor can prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or not (they can alter the bone formation and healing). In any case, the patient can also use cold packs or ice over the bandages to help to reduce swelling after ankle surgery.
The amount of swelling varies from a patient to another and it also depends on the kind of ankle surgery that you underwent. However, the first month after the surgery swelling has usually been greatly reduced. Only your doctor can indicate when you must start to support the foot and perform your daily activities normally.
How Much Does an Ankle Treatment/Surgery Cost?
The cost of an Ankle treatment/surgery will widely vary according to the type of surgery or reconstruction that will be performed, the need for special instruments (like screws or metallic prostheses), the need for general anesthesia during the procedure, if the repair will be performed as an out or an inpatient procedure, the urgency of the procedure, if the patient has high sporting requirements (athletes), the patient’s age and general health conditions, among others.