An ankle sprain is an injury in which the ankle’s ligaments have become stretched or torn. If a sprained ligament does not heal properly, instability of the ankle may occur. Should conservative and non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy fail to stabilize the ankle ligament, ankle ligament reconstruction may be considered.
The primary goal of ankle ligament reconstruction is to return stability to the ankle. The procedure is typically done under general or regional anesthesia. Depending on the nature of the sprain or tear, either stitches or the ankle’s own tendons are used to repair the torn ligaments.
Post-operative care will depend on the severity of the injury and the procedure performed. Patients may be placed into a splint or cast, and may be required to use crutches or a wheelchair to avoid bearing weight on the foot. A program of physical therapy may follow to allow for easier movement.