A sprain involves a tearing a ligaments within the ankle as a result of a sports injury, fall, accident or other type of trauma. This injury often causes pain, swelling and bruising, and may lead to ankle instability, as the condition is prone to recur. Ankle ligament reconstruction is commonly performed on patients with ankle instability or repeated sprains, as it is effective in tightening loosened ligaments and improving the overall stability of the joint.
Ligament repairs are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the two ligaments may be simply reattached, or part of a lateral tendon around the ankle may be used to repair the torn ligament. Dr. Chao will decide which technique is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition. Most patients recover well from ankle ligament reconstruction, and can resume all regular activities after a period of physical therapy.