Lateral Ankle Reconstruction


Lateral Ankle Reconstruction

Lateral ankle reconstruction is a surgical procedure that can bring relief to those who suffer from chronic instability of the ankle. It involves repairing the outer ligaments of the ankle, usually the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL). The procedure is known as a modified Brostrom, and in many cases a stronger suture tape called an Internal Brace is used to further secure the repair, thus decreasing recovery time.

This procedure can be beneficial for people who have already exhausted other less invasive treatments such as physical therapy or bracing. Chronic lateral ankle instability can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling and make activities such as walking or running difficult or even impossible. It occurs when the outer ligaments are stretched too far or torn, causing them to lose their stability-enhancing properties. 

The surgical reconstruction of the lateral ankle involves making an incision at the point where the ATFL attaches to the fibula bone to access it directly. A strong suture material is used to reattach and reinforce this ligament. Depending on your particular case, additional work may be done to further strengthen your ankle’s stability. In some cases, a strong suture tape – called an Internal Brace – will also be used. This type of suture helps strengthen the repair even more.

At its core, lateral ankle reconstruction is about providing relief and restoring normal function for those who suffer from chronic instability in their ankles caused by injury. If you are considering this option for yourself or someone you love, consulting with your doctor first is paramount to ensure you find a suitable solution that works best for your individual needs and lifestyle goals.