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Deltoid ligament repair with lateral malleolus fixation

Deltoid ligament Repair

Deltoid ligament is a group of ligaments that attaches the medial malleolus (inner ankle bone) to the talus and calcaneus bones in the foot. It is responsible for providing stability to the ankle joint, and injuries to this ligament can result in ankle instability and pain. When the deltoid ligament is injured along with a Pott's fracture, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.

A Pott's fracture is a type of ankle fracture that involves both the fibula bone and the medial malleolus. This injury can cause the deltoid ligament to become stretched or torn, leading to ankle instability. In order to repair the damage to the deltoid ligament, surgeons may use anchor sutures.

Anchor sutures are small devices that are inserted into the bone to hold stitches in place. In deltoid ligament repair, anchor sutures are used to secure the torn ligament to the bone. This helps to hold the ligament in place while it heals, allowing for proper ankle function and stability.

The deltoid ligament repair procedure typically involves making an incision on the inner side of the ankle to access the damaged ligament. The surgeon will then carefully examine the ligament to determine the extent of the damage. If the ligament is only partially torn, the surgeon may be able to repair it using sutures alone. However, if the ligament is completely torn, anchor sutures will be necessary to provide the necessary stability.

Once the ligament has been repaired, the surgeon will place a cast or brace on the ankle to immobilize it and allow the ligament to heal. Patients may need to use crutches or a walking boot for several weeks after the surgery in order to protect the ankle and allow the ligament to heal properly.

Rehabilitation following deltoid ligament repair can be a long process, and it is important for patients to follow their surgeon's instructions carefully in order to ensure a successful outcome. Physical therapy may be necessary to help patients regain strength and mobility in the ankle, and it is important for patients to avoid high-impact activities and sports until their ankle has fully healed.

In summary, deltoid ligament repair using anchor sutures is a common procedure used to treat injuries to the deltoid ligament that occur in conjunction with a Pott's fracture. This procedure helps to provide stability to the ankle joint and allows for proper healing of the damaged ligament. While rehabilitation can be a long process, following the surgeon's instructions and attending physical therapy can help to ensure a successful outcome.