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Dallas Ankle Instability Surgeon

Ligament Reconstruction With Internal Brace For Chronic Ankle Instability

At our state-of-the-art orthopedic center, we offer an innovative solution for patients dealing with chronic ankle instability and in need of ligament reconstruction with internal bracing. Chronic ankle instability can be a debilitating condition, affecting mobility and quality of life due to multiple prior ankle sprains and torn ligaments. Our team of expert ankle instability surgeons are skilled in the latest surgical procedures and are dedicated to providing the best care for our patients. This treatment offers a durable and minimally invasive solution to stabilize the unstable ankle and restore its function.

Understanding Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability can occur when the ankle ligaments are weakened, damaged, or stretched, often due to repeated ankle sprains. Over time, these ligaments lose their ability to keep the ankle bones properly aligned, which can lead to a cycle of instability, further ankle sprains, and potential long-term joint damage. A person with chronic ankle instability often experiences a recurrent sensation of “giving way,” where the ankle feels wobbly or unstable, particularly during physical activities or even during normal walking. This instability following an ankle sprain can also result in frequent falls, significantly affecting a person’s daily activities and overall quality of life.

The lady is showing her chronic ankle instability, emphasizing weakened ligaments and persistent instability

Ligament Reconstruction with Internal Brace: An Overview

Ankle ligament reconstruction surgery with internal bracing is a procedure aimed at reinforcing and stabilizing the outside or lateral ankle ligaments: the Anterior Talofibular Ligament, the Posterior Talo-fibular Ligament and the Calcaneofibular Ligament or the CFL ankle ligaments. Internal bracing is a relatively new technique that uses a high-strength suture material to support the ligaments as they heal. This procedure does not rely solely on the suture material, it promotes the natural healing of the ligaments while providing extra support. It’s a minimally invasive approach that can result in a more rapid recovery and return to activity compared to traditional ligament reconstruction methods.

Dallas Chronic Ankle Instability Ligament Reconstruction: Procedure Indications

You may be a candidate for ligament reconstruction with internal bracing if:

  • You have chronic ankle instability with recurrent ankle sprains.
  • Non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and bracing have not improved your ankle sprain symptoms.
  • You experience persistent pain, swelling, or the ankle giving way.
  • You have a desire to return to an active lifestyle and sports.

Our ankle surgeon in Dallas, TX will conduct a thorough assessment of your ankle and discuss the best treatment options for your specific condition.


The Procedure Explained

This procedure is performed through small incisions around the ankle. The surgeon first evaluates the condition of the ligaments and then makes the decision to either repair the existing ligaments or replace them with a tendon graft.

The internal brace, made from a strong suture material, is then placed to support the ligaments. It is anchored to the bone on either side of the ligament, providing a stable yet flexible support structure that protects the ligament during the healing process.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Following the surgery, you may need to wear a cast or boot to protect the ankle as it heals. Crutches may be needed to avoid placing weight on the ankle initially. Physical therapy will be an integral part of your recovery, helping to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

As healing progresses, you will gradually return to weight-bearing and eventually to regular activities and sports. The internal brace provides early stability, which often allows for a quicker return to activity compared to lateral ankle ligament reconstruction.

A team of expert ankle instability surgeons.
The surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your condition and discuss all treatment options before recommending ankle replacement surgery.

Long-Term Outcomes and Benefits

Ligament reconstruction with internal bracing has shown excellent results in patients with chronic ankle instability. The benefits include:

Stabilized Ankle Joint

This procedure effectively stabilizes the ankle joint, reducing the risk of further ankle sprains, chronic pain, and instability.

Quicker Recovery

The minimally invasive nature of this surgery and the support from the internal brace allow for a faster recovery compared to traditional methods.

Restoration of Function

Most patients can return to their previous levels of activity, including sports, with improved ankle function.

Pain Relief

By stabilizing the ankle, this procedure often results in a significant reduction in the pain and discomfort in the ankle and leg muscles associated with chronic ankle instability.

Lifestyle Modifications

Certain activities may need to be modified to avoid aggravating the arthritic joint.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, ligament reconstruction with internal bracing carries potential risks, including infection, nerve damage, and complications related to anesthesia. However, these risks are relatively low, and our experienced surgical team takes all necessary precautions to minimize them.

Why Choose Our Services?


Selecting our center for your ligament reconstruction with an internal brace procedure symbolizes trust in a team of highly trained top ankle surgeons devoted to delivering exceptional care. With years of experience and a track record of successful outcomes, our surgeons have honed the skills required to handle this complex procedure efficiently and safely.

Our ankle surgery and treatment services are tailored to promote the well-being and optimal function of the ankle. We provide specialized interventions like Ankle ArthroscopyAnkle Replacement, Ankle Arthritis Surgery, and Ankle Fracture Fixation.

Individualized Care

We believe in the power of a personalized treatment approach. Our team works closely with each patient, understanding their unique health goals and lifestyle, and crafts a bespoke treatment plan that aligns with these needs. This tailored approach ensures maximum comfort and effectiveness in treatment with minimal disruption to your daily routine.

Advanced Techniques

Our center prides itself on the use of advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art technologies, which significantly enhance surgical precision and patient safety. Coupled with our comprehensive postoperative care, this focus on cutting-edge methods results in shorter recovery periods, fewer complications, and improved overall patient outcomes.

Patient-Centered Approach

Central to our ethos is a strong commitment to patient education. We firmly believe that an informed patient can make better health decisions. Therefore, we make it a point to keep you in the loop regarding your treatment plan, address your concerns, and answer all your questions at every stage of the process.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment and embark on the journey toward improved ankle health and stability. When you choose our center, you’re not just opting for a treatment, but a dedicated partner in your health journey.


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We are wholeheartedly committed to restoring your mobility and improving your quality of life. Don't hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Take the first step on your journey towards better ankle health with us.

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