In the past, open ankle surgery was the only option for treating fractures in this delicate joint. However, our team at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York offers a minimally invasive surgical option that is less painful, provides a shorter recovery time, and has fewer complications. Our specialists would like to discuss how minimal incision surgery (MIS) can fix a broken ankle, so continue reading to learn more!
Can Minimal Incision Surgery (MIS) Fix A Broken Ankle?
A broken ankle involves any type of crack or break to one or more bones that comprise the ankle joint. The more bones that are injured, the more complicated the fracture is. Treatment for this injury will depend on the type and severity of the fracture. A stable fracture typically heals on its own within a few weeks, but more complicated ankle breaks may require surgery to reposition the broken bone. Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York use minimal incision surgery to treat several foot and ankle issues. One of the ways we address ankle fractures is through ORIF. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) can restore the position of the bones to help with healing. Our surgeon makes a small incision to realign the bone and implements hardware like metal pins, screws, or plates to hold the bones together. Once the bone heals, the hardware is not removed. The goal of ORIF is to stabilize and reconstruct the bones so the ankle can operate normally again. We may recommend ORIF if:
- The bone is broken in multiple places.
- The ankle bones move out of position.
- The bone sticks out through the skin.
Minimal incision ankle surgeries are generally safe procedures with few complications. Every ankle injury is unique, so naturally, they require the proper attention of a specialist. Our staff will assess your injury, determine if surgery is necessary, and execute an effective treatment plan moving forward.
The staff at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York are here to put your mind at ease before any procedure. A broken ankle can inhibit your mobility and quality of life, so our team will treat your injury with care to get you back to enjoying a healthy and active life! Contact us today to learn more about MIS for a broken ankle!