Following surgery the ankle will be immobilised in a splint and elevated.
Pain medications will be administrated. In addition to these you will usually be hooked up to an intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) device which delivers pain relief in controlled amounts at the push of a button.
It is expected you will remain in hospital for one to two days. Discharge from hospital will be dependant on pain levels and management.
A physiotherapist will assist you to mobilise with crutches. Generally it is advised for you to not full weight bear through the injured foot for six to eight weeks. You will be on crutches for this time, however, depending on the severity of your injury, you will be either advised to partially weight bear with crutches or to avoid any weight bearing through the injured foot completely. The physiotherapist will also prescribe you appropriate excises to help strengthen the ankle when the movement and weight bearing restrictions have been lifted.
The wound will be checked prior to discharge and a follow up appointment to see A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis in his rooms 10 -14 days post surgery will be made.
Upon returning home, for the first four to five days it is advised to limit the amount of time spent on your feet and to elevate your ankle. This helps the blood to drain away from your ankle and control swelling.
Once the bone has healed and your strength is equal in both ankles you may gradually return to sports and other physical activities. This can take four to six months following surgery.
To prevent a recurring injury it is recommended you continue with the strengthening exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist in order to strengthen the muscles and tendons of the lower leg.
Concerns: Please contact the office if you are worried about your level of pain, have significant bleeding or have fever or redness around the surgical site.
If you require assistance after hours, please contact the hospital where the surgery was performed and they will contact A/Prof Al Muderis on your behalf.
Norwest Private Hospital: (02) 8882 8882
Sydney Adventist Hospital: (02) 9487 9111
Macquarie University Hospital: (02) 9812 3000