Ankle injuries are common, especially among athletes. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma, a fall or overuse. Many cases of ankle injuries require surgery to relieve persistent pain, correct deformity and restore function to weakened or damaged joints in the foot. While ankle surgery is considered safe and effective, not every patient who undergoes surgery will experience a positive outcome. If the patient continues to suffer from problems related to the foot injury, such as debilitating pain, ankle revision surgery may be necessary to improve the results of the unsuccessful procedure.
Ankle revision surgery may involve repairing or repositioning tendons or ligaments within the foot or around the toes, removing misaligned or damaged joint surfaces or surgically realigning damaged or misplaced joints. In some cases, internal fixation devices that were used during the initial procedure to maintain the proper position of a bone may be removed during foot revision surgery, especially if they causing pain.
Ankle revision surgery generally takes longer to complete than an initial foot surgery, and is often more challenging since there is a greater risk of complications. Some complications associated with revision procedures include failure of bones to heal properly, postoperative infection and damage to nerves or blood vessels. Recovery from ankle revision surgery usually takes the same length of time as that of the first procedure, and often requires protecting the ankle with a boot or brace as well as weight bearing restrictions.
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