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Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction is a surgery that tightens up the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Lateral ankle injury is one of the most frequent lower leg pathologies. It accounts for 14 percent of all sports-related injuries and range from minor sprains to severe ligament tears and ankle instability. Athletes, dancers, and people with prior ankle injuries have an increased risk for lateral ankle ligament damage.
Ankle instability surgeries vary from simple ligament repair to complex reconstructions. During repair surgery, loose ligaments are shortened and reattached to create stable support. Reconstruction surgery involves more complex operative techniques, like ligament replacement with a graft.
An ankle joint is held by several ligaments, band-like connective tissue structures. They keep the foot steady when walking. The inner side of the ankle has a strong deltoid ligament, while the outer side is held by 3 smaller ligaments. If those ligaments are injured or repeatedly sprained, they can become stretched, partially torn, or completely ruptured. Such trauma to the ankle joint eventually leads to joint instability. Certain medical conditions that increase the likelihood of ligament damage are rearfoot supination (foot tilting inwards), flexion of the first ray (the big toe is positioned lower than other toes), high foot arches, congenitally fused foot bones, or inborn ligament looseness.
Before considering surgery, patients should first undergo conservative treatment, which includes exercises for muscle strengthening, ankle bracing, or foot orthotics. Surgical treatment is only considered when the conservative treatment has failed to help and pain persists for 3 months or longer.
First of all, one should schedule a first appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon. During the first consultation, the surgeon examines the foot and interprets the diagnostic imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Once the diagnosis is clear, the doctor suggests possible treatment options. The patient’s medical history, general health, allergies, and current medications are also thoroughly discussed. Before the surgery, patients also meet with an anaesthesiologist to discuss pain management during surgery.
If the patients stay in the hospital overnight, they receive 24-hour care. While in the clinic, pain is managed intravenously. When patients are discharged, they are given a prescription for pain medicines.
For the first 72 hours, the operated leg should be kept elevated to avoid swelling and decrease pain. The patient should refrain from putting any weight on the operated leg and use crutches for short distance walking. The bandages should be kept clean and dry. When showering, the leg should be placed in a cast or a plastic bag.
In about 10 days, there is a follow-up appointment to remove the stitches and replace the splint with a boot or cast.
In general, lateral ankle reconstruction patients can return to work after 2 weeks post-op for most sedentary jobs and up to 10 weeks for manual labor jobs. Recovery is divided in four phases and each of them have different goals.
The goals of the first 6 weeks post-op are to protect the operated ankle and begin restoring ankle range of motion. The firsts 2 weeks consist of complete immobilization in a cast, splint, or boot to prevent the reconstructed ligaments from stress and damage. About 5 days after the first follow-up consultation with a surgeon, the patient has a first rehabilitation appointment.
The second rehabilitation phase begins once the patient regains at least 75% of range of motion. The goals are to continue to protect the operated ankle while also increasing strength and balance. By this time, the patient should have at least one rehabilitation appointment a week.
The goal of the third rehabilitation phase is to regain normal ankle stability, strength, and neuromuscular control. The patient should have at least 2-3 rehabilitation appointments a week. The patient can walk, bike, and use an elliptical machine. However, jumping and swimming are still prohibited to protect the ankle.
The goals of the last rehabilitation phase are to improve core and hip strength as well as achieve good stability in higher velocity movements and change of direction movements that replicate sport-specific patterns. After receiving clearance from an orthopeadic surgeon, the patient may return to professional sports.