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Ankle Fractures

Case Example

A 50-year-old female fell approximately 3 feet from a step ladder. She presented to the HSS Orthopedic Trauma Service with a bimalleolar ankle fracture placed in a cast by the referring hospital. Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) was performed by Dr. David L. Helfet with placement of a plate and multiple screws, including an interfragmentary lag screw, for the fibula fracture and 2 screws for fixation of the medial malleolus fracture. She returned at regular follow-up intervals and healed uneventfully and at 8 months following surgery radiographs illustrated a healed ankle fracture and clinically she reported no pain and a full return to pre-injury activities.

Radiographs reveals displaced bi-maleolar ankle fracture, Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery
Radiographs reveal a displaced bimalleolar ankle fracture.

X-Rays taken at 9 months revealing a healed ankle fracture, from the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery.
X-rays taken at 9 months revealing a healed ankle fracture.

Research Publications

The HSS Orthopedic Trauma Service has conducted many studies. Please see our publications on ankle fractures.

 

More Information

Find out more about ankle fractures, by visiting our Fractures of the Ankle Conditions & Treatments page.