Ankle ligament reconstruction surgery is used to treat lateral ankle instability and sprains. The objective is to prevent the ankle from giving way by stabilising it. Frequently, this procedure is performed once other non-surgical treatments, including physiotherapy, have proved ineffective.
The benefits associated with ankle ligament reconstruction include:
- Restored mobility
- Pain relief
- Strength in ankle
Symptoms of Ankle Ligament Damage and Injury
The signs and symptoms someone may be experiencing in ankle ligament damage vary depending on the severity of the injury. They may, however include:
- Pain, especially when you bear weight on the affected foot
- Tenderness when you touch the ankle
- Restricted range motion
- Instability in the ankle
- Popping sensation or sound at the time of injury
You should always consult with your doctor if you have pain and swelling in your ankle and you suspect a sprain. Self-care measures may be all you need but talk to your doctor to discuss whether you should have your ankle evaluated. If signs and symptoms are severe, you may have significant damage to a ligament or a broken bone in your ankle or lower leg.
The Ankle Ligament Reconstruction Procedure Explained
Ankle ligament reconstruction is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1 hour. A small incision is made on the outside of your ankle and the injured ligaments are identified. Small metal anchors are attached to the bone and the end of the injured ligament is attached to these or directly onto the bone using stitches. The surrounding tissue is secured to tighten the ligaments reinforcing the repair.
The incision is closed using stitches and a plaster cast is applied. This procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure so patients will usually return home the same day.
Risks of Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
As with any other procedure, there are some (rare) risks. These include:
- Nerve damage
- Excessive tightness or instability
- Blood clot
How Much Does Ankle Ligament Reconstruction Cost?
- Getting this procedure done privately in the UK, surgery costs around £3,500.
- This treatment is available on the NHS for those who meet the criteria, however there is a waiting list of up to 18 weeks.