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Fracture Repair

Internal vs. External Ankle Fusion

Surgical management of fractures in the distal tibia, ankle and foot can be performed by two methods:

 Internal Fixation: consist of realigning the fracture site and inserting metallic screws and plates for proper compression. This method requires non-weight bearing status for 6-8 weeks followed by physical therapy.

 External Fixation: consist of realigning the fracture site by means of inserting wires through the skin and bone (transosseous) and attaching them to a circular or monolateral frame. The External fixator serves as a cast, but with the advantage of also applying internal compression. This technique allows the patients almost immediate ambulation and early range of motion.

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