Revision or reconstruction surgery can correct a mistake made during a previous surgery if the initial surgery fails to solve the issue. For instance, if the nails or screws used to hold the bones of the foot or ankle together become damaged or loose, a revision or reconstruction surgery would be necessary. Patients may also seek reconstructive surgery if they experience a recurrence of pain or develop new symptoms such as:
When non-invasive treatments have proved ineffective at treating the condition, reconstructive surgical procedures can address the issues patients are dealing with. Some of the conditions reconstructive surgery can help are:
Recovery time after revision or reconstructive surgery will depend on the condition being treated. Usually, patients can expect to be in a splint or cast for a minimum of two weeks. Following the removal of the splint or cast, the use of a brace, removable walking boot, or a cane will assist with weight bearing on the ankle. Strengthening of the foot or ankle would be performed with physical therapy methods. Full recovery time could be anywhere from six to twelve months. Follow up exams with the doctor will help facilitate recovery and make sure patients are on the right track.