Post-Traumatic Reconstruction

Post-traumatic reconstruction is sometimes necessary after experiencing a car or a work-related accident. It can help restore function to your foot and ankle, allowing you to return to the activities you once performed with ease.

If you are interested in learning more about the post-traumatic reconstruction procedure for feet and ankles, speak to one of our orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center today! We serve patients throughout the Greater Columbus area.

Do I Need Surgery?

Visiting an orthopedic surgeon doesn’t mean that surgery is necessary. Our orthopedic doctors always prefer to use non-surgical procedures to treat injuries.

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What Is Post-Traumatic Reconstruction of the Foot and Ankle?

Post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle is a surgical procedure used to correct the malformation of bones and soft tissues after foot or ankle trauma. Your orthopedic surgeon may use one of several techniques to perform reconstructive surgery, including the following:

  • Arthrodesis (Bone fusion at the joints)
  • Bone grafting
  • Joint implantation
  • Osteotomy (Cutting, reshaping, or realigning bone)
  • Soft tissue repair
  • Tendon transfers

Traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle can cause damaged bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. As a result of the injury, you may experience significant pain. There may also be a form of disability, and the cartilage in your joint could start to wear down.

The goals of reconstructive surgery include the following:

  • Reduce pain
  • Prevent further deformity
  • Restore stability of the foot and ankle
  • Restore overall foot function
  • Restore ankle function
  • Restore foot and ankle appearance
An athlete needing post-traumatic reconstruction of the ankle.

Why Would You Need Reconstruction Surgery?

An orthopedic surgeon examining a patient after a foot post-traumatic reconstruction.

You may require reconstruction surgery after a traumatic injury. The following list provides some of the conditions that might require reconstructive surgery:

  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Bone or joint deformities as a result of post-traumatic arthritis
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fractured bones due to trauma
  • Fall from a height
  • Injuries caused by crushing
  • Ligament tears

How to Prepare for Reconstructive Surgery

In order to prepare for reconstructive surgery, you may need to follow the steps below.

  • Complete a thorough examination by your doctor.
  • Take a blood test to ensure the safety of the procedure.
  • Inform your doctor of any allergies to medications, anesthesia, or latex.
  • Also, inform your doctor of any medications, vitamins, or supplements you are taking.
  • You may need to stop taking medications or supplications, such as blood thinners or anti-inflammatories, for a week or two prior to surgery.
  • You should avoid alcohol or tobacco for at least a few days before surgery.
  • You should not eat or drink for at least 8 hours prior to surgery.
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery.
  • Sign a written consent after the surgical procedure has been explained in detail.

How Reconstructive Surgery Is Performed

Reconstructive surgery can be performed using either the open or arthroscopic approach.

Open surgery is where the surgeon makes an incision of one or two inches in the foot or ankle. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses smaller, procedure-specific  instruments and a camera to perform the surgery.

The following procedures may be performed during a post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle:

  • Antibiotic spacer: These are used to maintain joint space and alignment on many foot and ankle injuries.
  • Arthrodesis: Bone fusion is chosen for selective joints. It is used along with other procedures, especially in hindfoot injuries.
  • Bone grafting: This may be performed if there is substantial bone loss.
  • Debridement: Your surgeon will remove dead tissue and foreign bodies.
  • Reduction and external fixation: Broken bones and fracture fragments are realigned and fixed in position using pins, plates, screws, staples, or casts.
  • Skin flaps: To cover soft tissue injuries.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Reconstructive Surgery?

It may take 6 or 12 months to fully recover from foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. Recovery time will depend on the procedure used.

During recovery, you will be required to take antibiotics to defend against possible infection. Keeping the surgical site clean and dry will also help with the healing process. You can also use ice and NSAIDs to reduce swelling and pain.

You will need to begin with a period of rest. However, once the swelling begins to ease, you may start a course of physical therapy. The exercises given will help restore strength and stability to your foot and ankle and restore the range of motion.

Schedule Your Appointment Now

Schedule your appointment now with one of our orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center. We specialize in post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle. We have multiple locations within the Columbus, OH area. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!

Medically Reviewed by: Roberto A. Brandão, DPM, FACFAS

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