Ankle Surgery Specialist

Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Rancho, NM, South Valley, NM, Edgewood, NM & Grants, NM

At Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico, conservative approaches to care always come first. However, if you have a chronic ankle problem or ankle trauma that doesn’t respond to conservative care, ankle surgery may be the only way to repair the damage and restore your mobility. The highly-trained board-certified foot and ankle surgeons perform all kinds of ankle surgery, including complex reconstructive and trauma surgeries. There are five convenient locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, South Valley, Edgewood, and Grants, New Mexico, so call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.

Ankle Surgery Q & A

When is ankle surgery necessary?

Ankle surgery is never the first choice for treatment, but in a few situations, it’s the only way to recover fully. 

If you experience severe ankle trauma, if you need reconstructive ankle surgery, or if you have any kind of serious ankle problem that doesn’t improve with conservative care, ankle surgery can be the best solution. 

Although ankle surgery is a last resort, that doesn’t mean it’s risky or dangerous. The board-certified podiatric surgeons at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico have many years of specialized ankle surgery experience. 

They’re committed to delivering excellent results through state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge procedures. 

How do I prepare for ankle surgery?

The specific preparation depends on what type of ankle surgery you’re having. For major ankle surgery like ankle reconstruction and trauma repair, you generally undergo regional or possibly general anesthesia based on your situation. You may need to make some special preparations for anesthesia, which can include fasting before your surgery.

You may also need to temporarily discontinue or alter your current medications before ankle surgery. Your Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico surgeon can coordinate with your medical doctor to determine a safe way to make any necessary medication changes. 

Arrange for a loved one to be at your surgical appointment with you, and then drive you home afterward. You can’t drive at that time, and your ankle will likely be immobilized. 

What are the postsurgical guidelines for ankle surgery?

Your Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico surgeon gives you detailed postsurgical instructions to help you have the smoothest recovery possible. 

You’ll usually wear a splint, cast, or another immobilization device to keep your ankle stable until you return for your first postoperative appointment. 

Follow all guidelines closely, including keeping your ankle dry and taking medication as recommended. Don’t try to start walking or exercising normally until your surgeon gives you specific advice for doing so. Even if you don’t feel any pain, it’s important to allow your ankle time to heal properly. 

When other treatments just don’t work, the trusted foot and ankle specialists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico are here to help with ankle surgery. Book your consultation by calling the office nearest you or schedule using the online appointment tool.